Need a Tooth Extraction?
Tooth Extraction is recommended when a tooth becomes loose from gum disease, when teeth are crowded, when one tooth is preventing another from erupting, or when a tooth is so damaged or decayed that root canal therapy would be ineffective.
Because missing teeth can cause health problems ranging from tooth shifting to difficulty chewing, restorative procedures are recommended following extraction. These may take the form of dental implants, bridges or dentures.
The procedure itself may require removal of soft or hard tissue, depending on whether the tooth fully erupts. A local anesthetic is usually all that is needed to eliminate discomfort, although general anesthetic may be used for sensitive patients or children.
Extractions of fully erupted teeth are usually done by a general dentist. Teeth that are impacted or have unusually curved roots are referred to an Oral Surgeon for the tooth removal. Oral Surgeons are dentists that specialize in teeth extractions. Patients that wish to be sedated with general anesthesia are also referred to an Oral Surgeon. Dr. Stevens uses local Oral Surgeons in Upland, CA and Rancho Cucamonga, CA if a referral is needed.