Dental Designs of Plantation strives to practice preventive care whenever possible, but there are some situations where a tooth can simply prove to be more trouble than it’s worth. If you have a tooth that needs to go, John Sarris, DMD, Thomas Copulos, DDS, and the team of dental professionals provide exceptional extractions at their state-of-the-art clinic in Plantation, Florida. To learn more, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.
If you’re getting full dentures, you might need to remove the remaining teeth from your smile to make room for your new dentures. If you’re getting orthodontic treatment and have a particularly crowded smile, the team at Dental Designs of Plantation might suggest extracting a tooth to make more room in your smile and help your orthodontic treatment.
While fillings and root canals are the first line of defense in treating tooth decay or tooth infection, your dentist might recommend an extraction if your decay or infection is particularly severe, or if a root canal and a root canal retreatment haven’t been successful in treating your tooth.
One of the more common reasons for tooth extraction is the removal of wisdom teeth. Your wisdom teeth are your third set of molars that typically come in when you’re in your late teens or early 20s. Wisdom teeth were essential to early humans, who didn’t have modern cooking technology to help grind up and more easily digest their food. But they’re largely useless to us now, and can actually cause a variety of oral health problems since our jaws typically don’t have room to accommodate them.
First, your dentist uses a local anesthetic to numb the tooth that they’re going to extract. This helps to minimize any discomfort and keep you relaxed throughout your procedure.
If your tooth has matured and broken through the surface of your gums, your dentist uses a special tool to wiggle your tooth until it’s loose enough to pull out of the socket. Once your tooth is sufficiently loose, your dentist simply removes it, then cleans the empty socket, and packs it with gauze to stop the bleeding and encourage a clot to form.
If your tooth is impacted, or below the surface of your gums, your dentist performs oral surgery to create a flap in your gum above the tooth. If there’s bone or tissue on top of your tooth, they cut through that, as well, until they’ve gained access to your tooth. Some teeth can simply be wiggled and pulled out, while others might need to be cut or broken into pieces to make for easier removal. Once the tooth is out, your dentist cleans your extraction area, sutures the flap, and packs the area with gauze.
You typically wait in the dentist’s office for about an hour after your extraction to make sure that your bleeding has stopped and a clot has formed. You should have somebody drive you home from your extraction.
You should avoid drinking anything too hot or too cold immediately after your extraction, since this can irritate your extraction site. You also need to avoid making any sucking motions with your mouth for a few days after your procedure, like drinking through a straw.
Your swelling should subside in a few days, during which time you can use an ice pack for 15 minutes at a time to minimize any discomfort.
To get started with your extraction, schedule a visit with Dental Designs of Plantation today by calling the office or booking a visit online.