Tooth Extractions Specialist

Couture Smiles -  - Dentist

Couture Smiles

Dentists located in Woodland Hills, CA

The caring dentists at Couture Smiles Dental Group located in Woodland Hills, California may recommend a tooth extraction if it is the best option for avoiding further complications or if your oral cavity requires it. If you have questions or think you might need a tooth removed, contact the practice today to learn more about tooth extractions. Drs. Terteryan, Jonathan Gordon, and Sean Fahid and the entire dental team look forward to seeing you soon at Couture Smiles Dental Group.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

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Why would I need a tooth extraction?

The dentists at Couture Smiles Dental Group may recommend tooth extraction if your tooth is so severely damaged by decay or infection that they cannot provide a successful restoration to save the tooth. In this case, Dr. Terteryan and his team will remove the tooth to avoid further damage and pain.

The dentists may also suggest tooth extraction for impacted wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth (wisdom teeth that are stuck in the gum tissue and bone and cannot fully erupt) can cause damage to the nearby gums, bone, and teeth, and they may lead to the formation of cysts and tumors. To prevent these serious consequences, Dr. Terteryan and his team may recommend wisdom teeth removal.

Tooth extraction may also be needed if:

  • There are extra teeth blocking other teeth from properly erupting
  • There are too many teeth, causing overcrowding that cannot be corrected through orthodontics alone
  • Special cases like radiation therapy, cancer drugs, or organ transplant require it

What happens during a tooth extraction?

If an extraction is necessary, you will be numbed and possibly anesthetized. Dr. Terteryan and his team will prepare you for the extraction.

The procedure may be as simple as gently loosening the tooth from its socket and pulling it out. However, when a tooth is impacted or damaged, it may be necessary to surgically remove the tooth from the jaw and gums. Your dentist will consult with you on the best options for tooth preservation and removal to help you make an informed decision. Dr. Terteryan and his team are always happy to answer questions.

What is recovery from a tooth extraction like?

Every patient has a unique experience recovering from tooth extractions. In most cases, you’ll need a week or two for your jaw and gums to recover and for the extraction site to close. After your tooth is removed, the gap is packed with surgical gauze and you’ll be given specific instructions on:

  • How often to change the gauze
  • How to keep the socket clean
  • When to return for a follow-up visit to ensure your gums are healing appropriately

Dr. Terteryan may also talk to you about dental implants and other prosthetic options to protect your remaining teeth.

Are tooth extractions my best option?

Thanks to modern dental care, the practice offers a number of dental treatments to save your tooth as an alternative to removing it. Nonetheless, some circumstances may require a tooth extraction to restore your smile to its optimal health.