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February 21, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth extraction  

Dental extractions are generally considered a last resort and usually reserved for extreme situations where a tooth is so badly damaged by extracted toothtrauma or decay that it can't be saved. Dr. Scott Sazima, a dentist in Westlake, OH, performs extractions and periodontal surgery to improve and maintain your oral health after tooth decay or gum disease.


Extractions in Westlake, OH

There are a few scenarios where an extraction is considered the best option:

  • To remove decayed, infected, or impacted wisdom teeth
  • To alleviate crowding
  • Complications from gum (periodontal) disease
  • A tooth becomes too decayed to repair with a filling or dental crown
  • Trauma


Types of Extractions

There are two types of extractions: simple and surgical. A simple extraction is fairly straightforward and can be performed under local anesthetic by a general dentist without the need for any incisions.

A surgical extraction is typically performed by a periodontist or oral surgeon when the tooth is impacted or can't be safely removed with a simple extraction. Surgical extractions are also performed when teeth break off at the crown and there is no visible tooth left past the gum line. In some cases, an extraction may start off as a simple extraction but then require a surgical extraction due to complications or if the tooth breaks off at the gum line during the procedure.


What to Do After a Dental Extraction

After the healing period, you will want to consider the best tooth replacement options available to you. Dental implants are a great option available to healthy adults, for they replace the entire missing tooth from root to crown for a more permanent and secure restoration. They also help to prevent bone loss in the gums, a common side effect of tooth loss. Other options include crowns and bridgework, or dentures for more extensive tooth loss.


Find a Dentist in Westlake, OH

For more information about dental extractions, restorations, and tooth replacement options, contact Westlake Periodontics by calling (440) 835-4600 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sazima today.

March 26, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth extraction  

No matter how well you care for your teeth, extractions may sometimes be necessary. Westlake, OH, dentist Dr. Scott Sazima shares a tooth extractionfew reasons why teeth are extracted.

Wisdom teeth symptoms

Today, many people just don't have enough room for their wisdom teeth. If the teeth are partially or fully covered by gum tissue or bone, they're considered impacted. Impacted teeth can cause pain and nerve damage and may even affect the alignment of your other teeth. Removing the teeth relieves your symptoms, but doesn't affect your ability to eat.

Tooth decay

Fillings and root canals often offer effective ways to treat and restore teeth damaged by tooth decay. When the decay is extensive and affects a significant portion of your tooth, extraction may be the best choice.

Fractured tooth

A fracture can occur if your tooth broke after you bit into a hard food, or you experienced a blow to your mouth. Root canal treatment, followed by the addition of a crown, may offer an effective to treat the tooth. If the fracture extends into the root or your tooth is severely damaged, it may be necessary to remove it.


An abscess is a bacterial infection that affects your pulp, the collection of nerves, connective tissues and blood vessels in the center of your tooth. When the infection persists despite antibiotic treatment, or the tooth is severely affected by decay, extraction may be recommended. Abscesses are dental emergencies. If you experience pain in a tooth, fever, swollen lymph glands and gums, call our Westlake office immediately.

Preparation for Orthodontic Treatment

It may be necessary to remove a few teeth if you will be receiving braces soon. If your orthodontist determines that there's not enough space in your mouth for all of your teeth, he may refer you to our office for extractions before you begin your orthodontic treatment.

Whether you need extractions or want to replace missing teeth with bridges, dentures or dental implants, Dr. Scott Sazima can help you maintain your smile and your oral health. Call his Westlake, OH, office at (440) 835-4600 to schedule an appointment.