Tooth Extraction Specialist

Roger Gershfeld, DMD

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

Getting a tooth pulled is unpleasant, but occasionally an extraction is required to prevent further health complications. For expert extractions, trust Roger Gershfeld, DMD, at his self-titled practice in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles. He is available for any member of the community who is in need of a tooth extraction. Schedule a consultation online or over the phone today.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

Why would my tooth need to be removed?

Your permanent teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but for numerous reasons, some may not. For instance, you might need to have a tooth extracted because it is too severely damaged to keep. It could be infected or vulnerable to infection, threatening your surrounding teeth and gums. Lifestyle choices, trauma, and decay may all contribute to needing a tooth pulled.

Other reasons for extractions include:

  • Risk of infection from a failed root canal
  • Risk of infection during an organ transplant or chemotherapy
  • Severe gum disease
  • Crowded or extra teeth
  • No room for wisdom teeth

Dr. Gershfeld does offer measures, when appropriate, to save your tooth before recommending extraction. In some cases, however, removal is the best course of treatment.

What should I expect from an extraction procedure?

There are simple extractions and surgical extractions. Simple extractions generally apply to your front teeth. Your front teeth normally have a single and straight root shape. This allows for a more straight path of removal. With a simple extraction, Dr. Gershfeld first loosens your tooth with an instrument called an elevator. He then uses forceps to remove the tooth.

A surgical extraction is more complex. The tooth may not have come through the surface of your gums, as is common with wisdom teeth, or it may have broken off at your gumline. To perform a surgical extraction, Dr. Gershfeld will need to make a small cut in your gum to lift out the tooth. It may be necessary to remove some of the bone around your tooth as well so it can be thoroughly extracted.

You'll receive a local anesthetic for a simple extraction or surgical extraction, so you will not feel any pain. If multiple teeth are being extracted at the same appointment, as is routine with wisdom teeth extraction, Dr. Gershfeld may administer a general anesthetic, which will cause you to sleep through the whole procedure.

How long does it take to heal from a tooth extraction?

It usually takes a few weeks for your gums to heal and six to eight months for your bone tissue to fill in the space. It's possible you could have trouble chewing or experience some pain and discomfort as you recover, depending on the scope of your dental operation. When you consult with Dr. Gershfeld, he will also let you know about options for post-procedure treatments, such as crowns or dental implants.

If you need a tooth extracted, book an appointment with Roger Gershfeld, DMD and his gay-friendly team of experts, online or over the phone today.