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Ease Pain and Improve Your Oral Health with No-stress Dental Extractions

Our natural teeth should last a lifetime, but it doesn’t always work that way. Tooth decay, injury, or gum disease may leave your tooth beyond restoration. Dental extractions aren’t exciting to anyone, but they are sometimes necessary to save you from pain and protect your dental health. Mid-Valley Dental Care offers gentle yet effective tooth removal services to promote healthy smiles in Northridge, California, and beyond. 

Why your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction

Our dental team usually recommends dental extraction as a last resort. We typically advocate for tooth removal when cavity treatment, dental crowns, root canals, and other dental restoration services aren’t sufficient to save your tooth. 

After examining your tooth, some reasons your dentist may recommend tooth removal include the following:

  • A severely damaged or decayed tooth
  • Impacted wisdom tooth
  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Severe gum disease

Tooth extraction is one of the most dreaded procedures in dentistry. However, it’s the thought of it that worries patients and not the procedure itself. Thanks to modern aesthetics, tooth extraction is quick and no more painful than cavity treatment. 

What to expect during a tooth extraction procedure

Tooth removal is a routine procedure in our dental office – it’s not about pliers and whiskey used many years ago! And since we don’t want your quality of life to suffer because of missing teeth, we have plenty of options to replace your extracted teeth. We will discuss the different options to find the one that suits you best.

There are two types of dental extractions. Each type depends on how badly your tooth is damaged or decayed. 

  • Simple extraction: We recommend this procedure if your tooth is visible above the gum line. After administering local anesthesia, we use special tools to loosen and pull out your tooth from its socket.
  • Surgical extraction: If you have an impacted wisdom tooth or a tooth broken at the gum line level, we will recommend surgical extraction. After administering general anesthesia, we incise your gums to access the trapped tooth. Next, we break it into pieces for easier removal. After removing every piece, we clean the area and suture the surgical site to pave the way for healing.

Depending on the procedure administered, we will give you aftercare tips to ensure smooth healing. After tooth removal, restoring optimal dental health only takes a few days of recovery.

Gentle dental extraction services in Northridge, California

At Mid-Valley Dental Care, our dental team of Drs. Terence Lau, Casey Lau, and Kayla Lau offer safe dental extractions using the latest technology. We understand tooth removal can be intimidating, so we make every effort to ensure your comfort throughout the treatment. Suspecting your tooth needs removal? Please call (818) 886-3500 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.

Terence Lau, DDS, FICOI, FAACP

Dr. Terence

Casey Lau, DDS

Dr. Casey

Kayla Lau, D.D.S.

Dr. Kayla

Dr. Terence Lau, DDS, FICOI, FAACP, is a distinguished dental professional with a rich history of education and training, spanning over three decades. His unwavering commitment to excellence and relentless pursuit of advanced knowledge have solidified his reputation as a leader in the field of dentistry.

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Cell-Molecular Biology from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Dr. Terence Lau attained his DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree from the Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC where he acquired an insatiable thirst for knowledge which led him to pursue advanced training in Periodontal Prosthodontics at the University of Washington School of Dentistry where he was introduced to dental implantology by it's inventor, Per Ingvar Branemark. Throughout his illustrious career, he has continuously improved his expertise through advanced continuing education, covering surgical and restorative implant dentistry, orthodontics, occlusion and full mouth reconstruction and smile design, TMJ and dento-facial orthopedics, sleep apnea, sedation dentistry, implant-assisted orthodontics, clear aligner therapy, regenerative periodontics and bone augmentation, and laser dentistry with a special focus on minimally invasive CT guided Bio-Aesthetic Implant Surgery, soft and hard tissue regeneration and cutting-edge laser dentistry.

Dr. Terence Lau's commitment to staying at dentistry's forefront is reflected in his memberships and fellowships in prestigious organizations, including the Academy of General Dentistry, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Academy of Osseointegration, American College of Oral Implantology,

American Society of Osseointegration, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), American Association for Functional Orthodontics, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, not to mention the American Dental Association (ADA) and the California Dental Association (CDA).

In his unwavering pursuit of advancing dental knowledge, Dr. Terence Lau founded Bio-Aesthetic Implant and Laser Solutions, dedicated to educating and mentoring fellow dentists in the areas of Dental Implantology and Laser Dentistry. He's a nationally recognized lecturer, sharing expertise on topics like Simplified Dental Implant Surgery.

His brother, Dr. Casey Lau, DDS, embarked upon his dental career in 2002 upon joining Dr. Terence Lau and team at Mid-Valley Dental Care. He received his Doctorate of Dental Science degree from the esteemed UCLA School of Dentistry after attaining his Bachelor of Science in Biology from UCLA.

At Mid-Valley Dental Care, Dr. Casey Lau practices a comprehensive dental philosophy centered around the principles of minimally invasive bioesthetic dentistry, with an emphasis on occlusion and orthodontics, cosmetic enhancements, regenerative periodontal therapies, and the cutting-edge realm of laser dentistry. His proficiency extends to advanced disciplines such as implantology, orthodontics, clear aligner therapy (notably Invisalign), and the art of oral sedation.

Constantly seeking innovation in dentistry, he holds membership within a constellation of professional affiliations. These include esteemed organizations such as the American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), Academy of General Dentistry, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Academy of Osseointegration, the International Academy of Facial Aesthetics, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS) , American Academy of Clear Aligners, and the International Association for Orthodontics.

Beyond the realms of clinical practice, Dr. Casey Lau’s entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to oral healthcare innovation are epitomized through his joint venture with his wife in establishing Elims Oral Care, which boasts a unique line of eco-conscious oral care products. Among these offerings, his brainchild features a range of Nano-Hydroxyapatite toothpaste and fully dissolvable whitening strips, symbolizing a testament to his enduring dedication to holistic dental well-being.

They were later joined by Dr. Kayla Lau, DDS, RDH. Dr. Kayla Lau is a dedicated dental professional whose journey in dentistry began as a dental hygienist and culminated in her earning a DDS from the prestigious University of Southern California (USC). It was during her training at USC where she discovered that her passion lies in Biomimetic Restorative Dentistry, learning from pioneers like Dr. Pascal Magne. With a relentless commitment to excellence, she specializes in a wide range of dental services, including restorative and aesthetic dentistry, and the artful use of neuromodulators (i.e. Botox) and dermal fillers for orofacial pain relief, smile enhancement, and facial aesthetics.

Beyond her clinical expertise, Dr. Kayla is deeply committed to giving back to the community. She has been known to enjoy volunteering her time and skills to support underprivileged communities by providing essential dental hygiene care, dental work, and oral cancer screenings. Her altruistic spirit reflects her dedication to improving oral health and overall well-being in underserved populations.

As an active member of several professional organizations, including the Academy of General Dentistry, San Fernando Valley Dental Society, Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry, and the International Academy of Facial Aesthetics, as well as the American Dental Association (ADA) and the California Dental Association (CDA) Dr. Kayla remains at the forefront of dental innovation.

Specializing in treatments like aesthetic bonding, veneers, crowns, inlays/onlays, Invisalign, orofacial pain relief, and facial balancing, Dr. Kayla Lau's expertise, passion for Biomimetic Dentistry, and dedication to community service make her a compassionate and highly skilled professional committed to enhancing your oral health and transforming your smile.

Real Patients. Real Results.