Is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?

We understand your hesitation when it comes to having more teeth removed before you can get implants placed. The only definitive way to know whether a tooth extraction is right for you is to have a comprehensive examination performed by one of our specialists in periodontics and implant surgery.

Before recommending a tooth extraction, we will make any and all possible attempts to save your natural teeth. If the infected tissue can be removed and the remaining natural structure is sound, we will do this first. However, there are times when it is necessary to remove more teeth. If this is the case for you, you can be guaranteed exceptional, compassionate care that prioritizes your well-being as a whole person.

Because it is a major–and irreversible–change to your smile, we recommend that you should get a second opinion whenever possible before going ahead with tooth extraction. We are happy to provide you with a second opinion if your dentist says you need an extraction. At our office, you can get a second opinion from another of our dentists, or we can refer you to another highly qualified periodontist.

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What to Expect During
Your Tooth Extraction

Once your dentist determines that tooth extraction is the best option, you can expect:

Imaging: X-ray or Cone beam CT scan to determine the position of the roots and condition of the supporting bone.

Anesthesia: Our dentists typically carry out extractions under local anesthesia. For more complicated cases, we may recommend IV sedation.

Extraction: Your dentist will carefully remove the tooth from the socket, paying special attention to the condition of the surrounding bone.

Ridge Preservation: Your dental implant surgeon may use bone grafting material and a biologic collagen membrane after a tooth extraction to help preserve the shape of your jawbone.This is often a good idea, even if you aren’t currently planning to get dental implants.

Before you commit to your treatment plan, your specialist will clearly explain the steps of your membrane tooth extraction so that you know exactly what to expect. We are dedicated to making sure you have the information you need to feel confident and empowered in the choices you’re making for your oral health.


What Does a Tooth Extraction
Have to Do with a Bone Graft?

At our dental implant center, we never just treat the issue at hand. Every treatment that we perform is carefully considered so as to preserve your long-term oral health. As such, we often perform bone grafts at the same time as tooth extractions. Extractions leave a small hole in your jawbone that can interfere with later implant placement. Whether or not you intend to have implants placed, your dental implant surgeon will perform a bone graft to preserve the ridge of your jawbone.

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What to Expect After a Tooth Extraction

Following your extraction, you can expect some minor discomfort. However, over-the-counter NSAIDs like ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve) should be enough to find relief from prolonged pain after tooth extraction and bone graft. We always advise that patients stick to softer foods and avoid chewing near the extraction site. Additionally, in some cases, your periodontist may prescribe antibiotics. On the whole, your life will get back to normal within the week.

Before your extraction, your dental implant surgeon will clearly explain what you can expect during and after your procedure. Once your extraction is complete, you will receive personalized care instructions. If you have any questions or concerns about your healing process, don’t hesitate to call the office at (310) 325-9969.

Do You Need a Tooth Extraction in Torrance, CA

If you have been told or suspect that you might need a tooth extraction in Torrance, CA, contact the periodontal experts at PermaDent.

Please call (310) 325-9969 or use our online form today to request an appointment.