Tooth ExtractionsPort Orange, FL
Tooth extractions are crucial to sustaining a patient’s health when a tooth is growing in a crooked direction, causing unbearable pain or infection, or contributing to other dental problems. Extractions can include removing the wisdom teeth and primary or permanent teeth, producing the most ideal results possible when treated early. Severe decay, damage, or infection left untreated may lead to oral conditions such as gum and periodontal disease and a variety of systemic conditions.
At Sondra Avant DDS, we provide tooth extractions for patients experiencing pain from severely decayed or damaged teeth. Our team will diagnose the problem, identify its causes, and design a custom treatment plan, including the tooth extraction and any other necessary treatments. To learn more about the procedure or schedule an appointment, call (386) 304-4620 today.
Reasons for a Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth need to be extracted when the tooth is unhealthy or decayed, positioned or erupting incorrectly, or unable to be cleaned properly. Problems that can occur include wisdom teeth that remain completely hidden in the gums, emerge partially through the gums, or crowd nearby teeth. Impacted or malpositioned wisdom teeth can grow at various angles in the jaw and cause oral health problems such as infection of soft tissues, cysts, tumors, gum disease, and severe tooth decay.
A tooth may need to be extracted if there are signs of severe decay, disease, trauma, crowding, or risk of infection (such as periodontal disease). Leaving a compromised tooth untreated can cause further infection to both the tooth and surrounding teeth, bone, and gums. There are various tooth replacement treatments for patients with extracted teeth.
Prior to Treatment
Before going in for treatment, we will take a few X-rays to get a clear picture of the tooth and surrounding teeth and bone. The area is injected with a local anesthetic to numb the entire side and provide comfort during and after the treatment. In severe or more complicated cases, we may administer general anesthesia that puts the patient to sleep throughout the procedure.
There are a few tips to consider before going into treatment for an extraction. According to Healthline, patients receiving intravenous (IV) anesthesia should wear a short-sleeved shirt or loose-fitted clothing, and should not eat or drink for six to eight hours before their appointment. Also, we advise against smoking before the procedure, and need to be notified if the patient has cold symptoms, nausea, or vomiting. Patients should also plan on having someone drive them home after the procedure as they may feel drowsy.
If the tooth is fully erupted, we will use an instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth. The instrument allows us to grab the tooth and forceps without causing damage to the surrounding teeth. Once the elevator is in position on the tooth, we move it in a back and forth motion slowly and carefully until the tooth is removed.
If the tooth is impacted, we will need to cut away gum and bone tissue that cover the tooth and then follow the same steps to loosen it from the jaw bone and ligaments that hold it in place. In most cases, the patient is put under general anesthesia to combat any pain or discomfort involved with cutting tissue and bone. At times, a tooth may not loosen regardless of surgical tissue removal and may need to be removed in pieces.
After the extraction procedure, patients will likely still feel numb and sore in the area. We will apply gauze in the area to reduce bleeding and prescribe antibiotics and pain relievers. It is important to rest and follow all instructions to ensure proper healing and a speedy recovery.
The American Dental Association suggests:
- Avoid anything that might prevent normal healing
- Do not smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously
- Avoid drinking through a straw for 24 hours
- Follow the diet we suggest
Schedule a Visit Today
Tooth extractions are available at our office. The Sondra Avant DDS team looks forward to treating you and taking care of an essential treatment that will allow you to continue on your dental journey. Call our office at (386) 304-4620 to learn more or schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth Extractions
Does a tooth extraction hurt?
Tooth extraction treatment itself should not cause any pain or discomfort as the patient is administered with a sedative or local anesthetic that numbs the entire extraction area. The patient will likely remain numb for a few hours after the procedure. Once the numbing wears off, they may experience soreness, weakness, and slight bleeding, which should go away within the first week. Antibiotics and pain relievers are prescribed to help with the healing process and rid the mouth of infection.
What happens during the recovery period?
Tooth extraction recovery varies from patient to patient and depends on the tooth in question and the severity of the infection. Following the procedure, the patient will be given detailed instructions and a list of tips and what to avoid. For the first few days, we advise patients to rest and limit any strenuous activities. It is important to keep the area dry and clean at all times and take medications as prescribed.
When is tooth extraction necessary?
Tooth extraction becomes necessary when the tooth and roots have been severely damaged or decayed and cannot be saved with root canal treatment. We may also recommend tooth extraction when a patient is experiencing impaction, tooth decay, periodontal and gum disease, trauma, or tooth overcrowding. During the consultation and diagnosis, patients are informed of their tooth’s condition and the reason behind extraction if it becomes necessary.
How long does the tooth extraction procedure take?
For one tooth extraction, the procedure may take 20 to 40 minutes depending on the case. Before beginning the treatment, we will take X-rays of the current state of the tooth and surrounding teeth, followed by administering the anesthetic or sedative. The numbing agent takes about 5 minutes to work, and the procedure takes the remainder of the visit.
What should be avoided after a tooth extraction?
Following tooth extraction treatment, the tooth, gums, and jaw is often sore and tender. It is crucial to avoid spitting or rinsing forcefully for the first 24 hours as this can cause trauma or damage to the exposed gums and tissue. It is also important to avoid using a straw for the first 24 hours, smoking for the first 72 hours, and brushing for the first few days.
What can you do to progress healing after a tooth extraction?
Since tooth extractions cause slight trauma and pressure on the gums and jaws, patients should follow all instructions and take medications strictly. The procedure also leaves the site exposed and more easily accessible to bacteria; we recommend rinsing with warm salt water every 4 hours to keep the site and surrounding area clean. Keep gauze on the site area and replace them when needed to stop any bleeding. All instructions will be given to the patient per their case.
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