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Having a broken or dying tooth can be a time of great stress for many people, as you are losing a part of yourself and fearing the cost of fixing it. Dr. Parsa T. Zadeh will make every effort to save a damaged or decayed tooth, but sometimes the tooth is so damaged, worn or traumatized that it cannot be saved by any currently available method.

If the tooth cannot be repaired with a crown or onlay, or it is severely infected or decayed beyond what a root canal treatment can fix, it may need to be removed. In these cases, Dr. Zadeh will first take X-rays to determine the extent of the damage and help plan the most effective way to remove the tooth.

What Happens When I Need a Tooth Extracted?

Dr. Zadeh performs two general types of extractions. The first is a simple extraction, which is an extraction where a local anesthetic is used. We remove the tooth by pulling it out from above the gumline. The process is fairly quick, and most patients’ complaints stem from the pressure and pinch, but there is very little discomfort. You may also opt for oral or IV sedation if it is deemed necessary due to sensitivity or anxiety as well. This is also an option if you need several teeth removed through simple extraction in a single visit.

If the tooth has broken off below the gumline, or if it is impacted, Dr. Zadeh may need to perform a second type of extraction called a surgical extraction. During a surgical tooth extraction, you will likely be given an IV-based sedative to help you relax. When you are relaxing comfortably, Dr. Zadeh will then make a small incision in the gum and remove the tooth.

In most cases, removing a tooth is a minor procedure that can be performed during a single office visit. You will likely be given either localized anesthesia or varying levels of sedation, depending on your needs. While you will feel very little discomfort during the procedure, you can expect some minor discomfort after the procedure, and it is recommended that you rest, eat soft foods and avoid smoking for a few days after your extraction. It is also recommended you take a low-dose over-the-counter painkiller.

While it is a common and minor procedure, treat it like you would any minor surgery or as if you had just given blood. It is recommended that you avoid exerting yourself beyond your normal day to day self-care activities, take a day or two off from working out, and generally relax. It is a great time to catch up on those episodes of your favorite show you may have missed, read a book or even spend some extra time with your loved ones.

These activities have been shown to help the healing process and likely give you a much needed break from the stresses of life. Once your gums have healed after your dental extraction, you will be able to choose from one of several options to replace your tooth. The most basic option is a dental bridge, which is a dental appliance that is attached to the adjacent teeth.

Are There Other Alternatives to Bridges and Dentures After a Tooth Extraction?

Alternatively, you may be able to elect to have a dental implant placed. A dental implant is an artificial tooth that is implanted into your jaw with a titanium or zirconium post. Dr. Zadeh will help determine which option for tooth replacement is right for you after your extraction.

Dental implants have become increasingly common and affordable. They are a very popular option for seniors or individuals who are missing their front teeth. Some patients can even have a dental implant placed the same day as an extraction, and you can go home with a brand-new tooth or teeth after your extraction if you are a good candidate for same-day implants.

Our skilled reconstructive dentist and team routinely perform tooth extractions in Beverly Hills, California, and strive to make your treatment as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Call our office today at 310-273-2020 to make an appointment to have your damaged or impacted tooth examined.