"Fun" and "tooth pulled" don't go hand in hand, but sometimes an extraction is necessary to prevent further health complications. For safe and expert extractions, count on the highly qualified team at Creating Smiles Dental led by Cindy Brayer, DMD, PA, and Phong Phane, DMD, in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida. When a tooth needs to be removed, their team works to develop a treatment plan that aims to minimize pain, and provide a comfortable patient experience. Request a consultation online or call the office today.
Your permanent teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but for numerous reasons, some may not. For instance, you might need to have a tooth extracted because it's too seriously broken to keep. Lifestyle choices, trauma, and decay can all lead to needing a tooth pulled.
Your dentist may recommend an extraction if you're dealing with one of the following situations:
There are two types of extraction procedures: a simple extraction and a surgical extraction. Simple extractions are just like they sound. They are performed on teeth that can be easily seen and accessed in your mouth. In a simple extraction, the tooth is loosened with a small tool called an elevator, then taken out with dental forceps.
A surgical extraction is more complex. The tooth may have been broken off at your gum line, or it hasn’t yet come through the surface of your gums, as is typical with wisdom teeth. To perform a surgical extraction the dentist will need to make a small cut in your gum to lift the tooth out. The affected tooth may need to be sectioned (cut into parts) so it can be more easily removed. Some bone may also need to be removed from around the tooth.
It depends on your individual situation and how many teeth you had extracted, but the initial healing period typically takes one to two weeks. New bone and gum tissue will slowly replace the areas where your teeth were removed. It's possible you could have trouble chewing or experience other pain and discomfort as you recover, depending on the scope of your dental operation.
Because everyone's circumstances are different, it’s best to contact Creating Smiles Dental and book a consultation to find out about your options plus any necessary post-procedure treatments such as crowns or dental implants.
If you need a tooth extraction, make sure you’re in expert hands. Call Creating Smiles Dental today or request an appointment online using the booking tool.