Why extractions are necessary

There are a number of reasons our Northridge & Woodland Hills patients require extractions. Some of the most common ones include:

  • Tooth damage and decay. A tooth that is severely damaged or decayed is the most common cause for an extraction.
  • Crowding issues. If there isn’t enough space in your jaw to accommodate all of your teeth, we may need to perform an extraction to protect any dental work and your surrounding structures.
  • Infection. In some cases, a tooth infection may become so severe that it extends to the pulp of the tooth, which is in the very center of the structure and houses delicate nerves and blood vessels. When this occurs, we may need to perform an extraction to prevent the infection from spreading.
  • Gum disease. If your gum disease has progressed to the point where it’s causing loose teeth, those structures will likely need to be extracted.

Extracting your teeth as comfortably as possible

At Northridge.Dental, we know how scary extractions can be. That’s why we’re committed to performing this surgery in the most comfortable and pain-free way possible for our Northridge patients.

To begin, we will administer a powerful local anesthetic to numb the area, ensuring you don’t experience any pain. If your tooth is trapped underneath the gum tissue or impacted, we will carefully cut away the tissue and bone covering the tooth. We will then gently move the tooth back and forth until it’s separated from the jawbone. If we are unable to remove the tooth in this way, we’ll break it up into smaller pieces for easier removal. Once your tooth has been extracted, we will place gauze in the empty socket to control the bleeding, and you’ll be sent home to begin the healing process.