The Beverly Hills Center for Advanced Dental Implants & Periodontology

Jean-Jacques Elbaz, DDS, MS

Periodontist located in Beverly Hills, CA

If you suffer from a damaged or diseased tooth, an extraction may be the only way to avoid further damage to your bone and gums. At The Beverly Hills Center for Advanced Dental Implants and Periodontology in Beverly Hills, California, Jean-Jacques Elbaz, DDS, MS, offers tooth extractions in a comfortable, patient-centered environment. To find out if an extraction is right for you, call the Los Angeles office or schedule your appointment online today.

Extraction Q & A

Why might I need an extraction?

Although there are many options for preserving a damaged tooth, sometimes, tooth damage can be beyond repair. There are several reasons your dentist could recommend an extraction, including:

  • A severely broken or cracked tooth
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Impacted teeth
  • Severe infection
  • Loose teeth

If left untreated, damaged, or diseased teeth can lead to tooth pain, jaw pain, and increase your risk for infection. If Dr. Elbaz can’t save  your tooth, an extraction is the best way to preserve the health of your smile. 

What is a simple extraction?

Dr. Elbaz performs simple extractions to remove teeth that are above the gum line and can be seen in the mouth. Dr. Elbaz specializes in minimally invasive extractions, causing as little trauma as possible. A local anesthetic is applied to prevent any pain or discomfort. 

To perform the procedure, Dr. Elbaz gently loosens the tooth using an instrument called an elevator, making it easier to extract. He then uses forceps to firmly grasp the tooth and remove it. 

What is surgical extraction?

Dr. Elbaz performs a surgical extraction to remove teeth that have yet to emerge past the gum line or teeth that have broken off at the gum line. Surgical extractions require local, intravenous, or general anesthesia. Dr. Elbaz helps you determine which choice is right for you. 

To complete the surgical extraction, he makes an incision in the gums to access the affected tooth. In some cases, the tooth has to be cut in half for proper removal. 

What should I expect after the procedure?

After the procedure, it’s normal to experience some mild discomfort. Dr. Elbaz applies gauze to help you form a blood clot in the extraction area. 

Make sure to be gentle with the extraction area and eat soft foods for the next few days. Dislodging the blood clot can result in a painful condition known as dry socket. 

During your follow-up, you and Dr. Elbaz discuss options for tooth restoration. Restoring your extracted tooth with options like dental implants is the best way to avoid unwanted changes to the alignment of your teeth. 

To learn more and discuss a possible tooth extraction, book an appointment with Dr. Elbaz by phone or online today.