Tooth Extraction Specialist

Century Park Dental Care -  - Dentist

Century Park Dental Care

Dentists located in Century City, Los Angeles, CA

Sometimes a damaged or decayed tooth just can’t be saved and must be extracted. At Century Park Dental Care in the Century City area of Los Angeles, California, you can trust Jaami Baig, DDS, and Shaan Baig, DDS, to evaluate your teeth and perform any necessary tooth extractions in the safest, most pain-free way possible. If you need treatment for a loose, decayed, or broken tooth, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Tooth Extraction

When does a tooth need to be extracted?

Your tooth may need to be removed from its socket if it’s been broken or damaged by decay. However, the team at Century Park Dental Care makes every effort to save your tooth first with a filling, crown, or other treatment. 

In some cases, the tooth must be extracted in order to prevent the development and spread of infection.

Specific cases that indicate extraction is necessary include:

  • Teeth that are crowded, preventing other teeth from coming in
  • Deep infections caused by radiation therapy or cancer drugs
  • Baby teeth that haven’t fallen out and are blocking the eruption of permanent teeth
  • Wisdom teeth that are impacted or decayed

The team at Century Park Dental Care can determine if a tooth extraction is necessary.

What happens during a tooth extraction?

During a tooth extraction, your provider at Century Park Dental Care administers local anesthesia, and sometimes conscious sedation and nitrous oxide (laughing gas), to relax you during the procedure and numb the treatment area.

You’ll undergo one of two types of extraction:

Simple extraction

Your provider uses an instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth from its socket and forceps to extract it.

Surgical extraction

This procedure is more complex, requiring an incision in your gum line. You may need a surgical extraction if a tooth has broken off at the gum line or has not yet erupted.

During a tooth extraction, you may feel some pressure but no pain. If you have painful sensations or pinching, alert the doctor immediately.

How should I care for my mouth following a tooth extraction?

You may have some residual soreness following an extraction that can easily be relieved with over-the-counter pain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). 

Soreness resolves more quickly following a simple extraction; you may have more pain after a surgical extraction, and the team at Century Park Dental Care may give you a prescription for pain medications.

After a complex, surgical extraction, the team provides you with complete aftercare instructions, including dietary recommendations.

If you have a decayed or damaged tooth, consult Century Park Dental Care to determine whether extraction is the best course of treatment. Call the office or book an appointment online today.