Your adult teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but there are many things that can affect your teeth and any number of reasons to consider tooth extractions in Woodland Hills. One of the most common causes of tooth extraction is caries or severe damage from tooth decay. There are several procedures that the dentist can try for saving a damaged tooth including root canals, caps, and crowns. However, once the sides of the tooth have suffered enough damage there is little else to do except extracting the remainder. Luckily, there are things the dentist can do to offset the problem including implants. An implant uses an inert metal such as titanium for the securing stud and covers the stud with a porcelain crown. The result is a replacement tooth that functions like a real one.
Other reasons for having tooth extractions in Woodland Hills include crowded teeth, an infected tooth, or the risk of infection that may interfere with other medical concerns. Crowded teeth are often the result of additional teeth pushing other teeth out of alignment. If too many teeth are causing the problem, the solution may be to remove one or more of those teeth. If oversize teeth are the culprit, the dentist may suggest extracting the tooth and replacing it with an implant. Doing this should allow for aligning the remaining teeth properly. Removing an infected tooth is usually done after the infection is under control. However, certain medical conditions such as cancer treatments or a compromised immune system may cause concern when teeth become infected.
Tooth extractions will vary depending on the actual problem and the condition of the tooth to be removed. If an infection has set in, the dentist may prescribe a regimen of antibiotics to eliminate the infection. Before they begin removing the tooth, the dentist will inject the area with a local anesthetic. This should numb the area enough to remove most teeth. However, severely damaged teeth and those which are impacted may require a stronger anesthetic be used. For instance, when a tooth must be taken out in pieces or the gum must be cut to access the root a mild sedative may be required.
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