About Tooth Extractions

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Dr. Cynthia Stephenson
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Dr. Cynthia Stephenson performs oral health procedures ranging from dental screenings to tooth extractions at her medical office in Walnut Creek, California. Before becoming a dentist, Dr. Cynthia Stephenson enrolled at the UCLA School of Dentistry, where she earned her DDS.

Dentists may recommend that patients have teeth removed if the teeth in question are damaged beyond repair, severely infected, are crowding out other teeth, or are otherwise interfering with natural oral function. Depending on the condition and number of teeth dentists plan to remove, the extraction procedure may differ.

For example, if a patient requires a single tooth pulled and that tooth is intact above the surface of the gum, a dentist may administer a local anesthetic and then carefully remove the tooth from the jaw. However, if a patient requires many teeth to be removed or if those teeth are beneath the gum line, providers may administer a general anesthetic that will put the patient to sleep for the course of the procedure.

Following tooth extractions, patients may experience bleeding in the empty socket. Over time, a blood clot will appear in the socket, and it is important that patients not dislodge this clot while healing occurs. The dental provider will offer care post-extraction instructions.

Tooth Replacements – Implants

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Dental Implants
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Cynthia Stephenson, DDS, delivers a high professional standard of dental care to patients in and around Walnut Creek, California, and is experienced in installing dental implants. Dr. Cynthia Stephenson underwent surgical implant training during her residency at Albert Einstein Hospital.

When patients lose their teeth and dentists are unable to reinsert or save them, one option to restore oral integrity is for the individual to undergo the dental implant procedure. The treatment involves actually installing a metal implant anchored firmly in the jawbone. On top of this sturdy implant, dentists then place a crown that mimics the look, feel, and function of a natural tooth.

Many patients are attracted to dental implants because they constitute a long-term solution. While tooth-supported dental replacements often fail within a decade, dental implants last a lifetime, necessitating only occasional adjustment. Moreover, the treatment’s track record of success makes it among the most predictably effective solutions of its kind.

For more information about dental implants, prospective patients can log on to dentistofwalnutcreek.com.