Tooth Extraction & Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Has one of your teeth become so damaged or infected that it poses a threat to your overall oral health? Are your wisdom teeth causing trouble? Are they erupting crooked, or not erupting at all? When the presence of a tooth places your oral health at risk, or a tooth is too damaged to be saved, tooth extraction might be the most effective way to preserve your smile.
WHY DO I NEED TOOTH EXTRACTION?
When a tooth can no longer perform its duties, but cannot be fixed with a dental restoration, extracting it may be the only way to prevent harm to the rest of your oral health. Common reasons for tooth extraction include:
- Impacted wisdom teeth that push against, and damage, nearby molars
- Severe tooth damage that leaves little healthy tooth structure to support a dental crown
- A cracked or fractured tooth root that can no longer support the tooth
- Extreme tooth infection that cannot be alleviated
- A tooth that is so crooked it interferes with orthodontic treatment
CAN I RECEIVE DENTAL SEDATION FIRST?
Local anesthesia will be administered before your tooth extraction, and if you choose, we can also administer dental sedation to help you remain tranquil. Whether you receive nitrous oxide, oral sedation, or a combination of the two will be determined during your initial consultation and examination.
DO I HAVE TO EXTRACT MY WISDOM TEETH?
Wisdom teeth, the last set of molars to grow and erupt, are often extracted because they can be prone to improper growth. Impacted wisdom teeth push against molars that have already developed, and this force can damage your teeth and lead to severe discomfort. To prevent potential damage to your teeth, Dr. Gorman or Dr. Yassa might recommend extracting wisdom teeth before they begin to cause trouble.
CAN TOOTH EXTRACTION AFFECT THE REST OF MY ORAL HEALTH?
Even if it is necessary, extracting a tooth can affect your occlusion (the balance of your bite). Aside from wisdom teeth, you should usually replace teeth soon after they’ve been extracted. Closing the gap in your smile will stop remaining teeth from shifting, and the replacement tooth will keep pressure evenly balanced throughout your bite.
WHAT’S THE BEST OPTION FOR REPLACING MY EXTRACTED TOOTH?
For the most comprehensive benefits, Dr. Gorman and Dr. Yassa often advise patients to replace a lost or extracted tooth with a dental implant-supported crown. The implant post will replace the root of your tooth while the lifelike crown will restore its visible portion above the gum line. Implant restorations not only restore your smile’s appearance and bite function, but they also stimulate your jawbone when you bite and chew to help keep your jaw strong and healthy.
At Gorman Dental Care in Santa Clarita/Valencia, CA, Dr. Gorman and his talented, dedicated staff are proud to provide a full range of family and cosmetic dental services, as well as advanced dental implant placement and restorations. Whatever your dental needs, we have the experience and technology to help you enjoy a bright, beautiful, healthy smile once again! To schedule a consultation with Dr. Gorman, or for answers to questions about our practice, please call our dental office in Santa Clarita, CA today at (661) 232-9692.