Century City, CA dentist offers simple tooth extractions
Patients experiencing issues such as extreme sensitivity from a large cavity, infection from damage to a tooth, or those who are at risk of losing teeth due to severe periodontal disease might be required to have a tooth extracted. Tooth extraction is sometimes a necessary solution to damaged teeth that cannot be maintained in the smile. Some patients might also need easy wisdom tooth extraction. At the practice of Dr. Meredith Levine, new and established patients can obtain simple tooth extractions.
Why might I need a tooth extracted?
There are various situations that may arise in which a patient might need to consider simple extraction of a natural, adult tooth. Below are a few of the common cases where extraction might be necessary:
- Patients with advanced periodontitis who have loose teeth.
- Baby teeth or additional teeth that are keeping adult teeth from erupting through the gumline.
- In preparation of orthodontic treatment, especially in cases where overcrowding is a concern.
- To remove a malformed or fractured tooth
- For simple wisdom tooth extraction
- Patients with severe tooth decay that cannot be resolved with root canal treatment.
How is a tooth removed with simple extraction?
First, patients will undergo a series of x-rays to determine if tooth extraction will be beneficial for the patient. This allows the dentist to check the health of the smile underneath the gumline, beyond where the eye can see. Then, in preparation for the simple extraction, the patient is properly numbed with local anesthetic. Sedation may also be used to ensure patients are comfortable for the procedure. An elevator instrument is used to loosen the ligament and lift the tooth from the base of the jawbone, and then a specialized pair of forceps is used to gently remove the tooth. The entire process is completed in just a few minutes in the dentist’s chair! Simple extractions do not require extensive downtime or recovery in the same way a surgical extraction might.
Are you in need of tooth extractions?
Connect with Dr. Meredith Levine and her team today by calling (424) 358-3811 to request an appointment. We are located at 2080 Century Park East in Century City, CA and are open to new and returning patients in the community and surrounding cities.