It’s almost always best to save a natural tooth. However, sometimes the situation calls for more drastic action in order to protect your oral and overall health. That’s when our experienced team in North Port steps up our game and shows even more compassion in treatment to walk you through the extraction process. With us, you don’t have to worry about your smile’s strength, health, function, and beauty since we’ll be with you every step of the way.
Do I need tooth extraction?
So how do you know whether you need a tooth extracted? Our experts can evaluate your circumstances and be honest about your treatment options. If we see no other recourse, we’ll recommend extraction under the following situations:
Wisdom teeth (also called third molars) are improperly positioned or could cause alignment issues.
A tooth is severely decayed and doesn’t have sufficient healthy structure left.
An injury to a tooth has left it irreparable.
A baby tooth is interfering with the adult tooth’s ability to grow in safely.
Gum disease has progressed to a severe stage, endangering your teeth.
One or more teeth are preventing appropriate orthodontic treatment.
What are the different types of tooth extraction?
You’d think that removing a tooth would be the same in every case, but each one is just as unique as our individual patients. The location of the tooth, the depth and strength of the root, the reason for extraction, and other factors come into play and impact our strategy. In some cases, we can simply pull the tooth out with dental pliers. In others, we need to go beneath the gums or even break the tooth into smaller bits to get it out efficiently. Here is some general information about extraction types that we commonly deal with.
Between the ages of 16 and 22, your third molars grow in and potentially cause problems for your oral health. For instance, they may be impacted or positioned incorrectly, they may push your other teeth into misalignment, or they may lead to oral infections below the surface. No matter the situation, we’ll make sure you’re comfortable during the entire procedure.
Sometimes, we need to extract more than one tooth at a time. If the case of extensive decay or damage, we will make the process as smooth and easy for you as possible to get your replacement teeth and full smile back. In order to allow for better orthodontic care, we may extract more than one tooth to help your overcrowded smile have the needed space to become the healthiest and most beautiful it can be.
Extraction Site Preservation
To replace missing teeth, many times dental implants are the most preferred option. They keep the jaw bone healthy and stimulated in the long run, but as soon as a tooth is extracted, the bone can start to lose density. That’s why we perform extraction site preservation, where we reinforce the bone with grafts so that it will be ready for your dental implant down the road.
What should I do for post-operative care?
If you don’t heal properly, you can suffer oral infections or other complications, so it’s important to take the necessary steps toward successful recovery. Some of these steps include the following:
Keep gauze on the extraction site and bite down gently but solidly. This will help an essential blood clot form on the site.
Avoid using a straw for at least 24 hours.
Reduce swelling by using ice or cold packs.
Rest for at least a couple of days, perhaps longer.
Continue your healthy oral habits, but avoid brushing the extraction site. Instead using warm water to rinse that area clean.
Choose soft foods and chew on the side of the mouth that didn’t have an extraction.
Manage pain using mild painkillers.
At Shore Dental, you can trust that your teeth and oral health are in capable, caring hands. Contact our North Port office for an appointment today.