Extractions Specialist

The Dental Smile Center

General Dentist located in Van Nuys, CA

If you have a tooth that has become damaged through injury or decay beyond the point of repair, you need a tooth extraction. While the old home remedy methods of removing a tooth seem simple, further damage can be done without a careful professional extraction. Dr. Idan Snapir has spent his life protecting and repairing teeth, but when it’s time to remove one, he’s the doctor to see. At The Dental Smile Center in Van Nuys, California, your dental health is their top priority. Call today for your appointment with Dr. Snapir.

Extractions Q & A

When is a tooth extraction necessary?

The only sure way to know that you need an extraction is by visiting Dr. Snapir. He will always attempt to restore a damaged tooth, before considering extraction. If you have wisdom teeth which are impacted or have the potential to cause problems with your teeth nearby, extraction may be the best option.

Sometimes an infection can become so severe that it will require the removal of one or more teeth. A seriously infected tooth can flare up out of nowhere without any prior indication of a problem.

Dr. Snapir will closely monitor any potential risks to the integrity of your teeth, gums, and bone structure. Dr. Snapir concentrates on preventive dentistry, so you can rest assured that he'll only offer an extraction when it's your best option.


Do extractions hurt?

Dr. Snapir uses a local anesthetic with most extractions. Every tooth is rooted differently, which means that every extraction is also different and some are much more challenging than others. Dr. Snapir will X-ray the tooth to assess any potential difficulties before your extraction.

There can be pain during the healing process so Dr. Snapir may give you a prescription to control the pain or suggest an over-the-counter medication that will help with your healing. He'll also give you a list of instructions to do and not do over the first few days, including:

First 24 hours: No rinsing or vigorous spitting for 24 hours after extraction
First 24 hours: No drinking with straws
After 24 hours: Rinse mouth with 8 oz of warm water and one-half teaspoon of salt.

If any exceptional pain or bleeding should occur, call Dr. Snapir Dental Group immediately.


Can a tooth be replaced?

Yes. There are a number of ways to effectively replace a missing tooth. Dental implants, dentures, and bridges are just some of the options for replacing missing teeth. Replacing missing teeth is also an integral part of protecting your remaining teeth and good dental care.