A tooth extraction may sound intimidating, but it is actually a routine procedure. This process of removing the damaged tooth from the jaw bone helps to protect your other healthy teeth from severe tooth decay or infection. Keep reading to learn more about our West Palm Beach tooth extraction procedure.
Reasons for a Tooth Extraction
Our team may recommend a tooth extraction for a variety of reasons, including severe decay, infection, a broken tooth, or if a baby tooth does not fall out in time for the adult teeth to emerge. This could lead to you requiring a tooth extraction to protect your other healthy teeth from infection, damage, or development issues. Every smile is unique, so our team will take the time to understand your individual needs so that your smile can get the treatment it deserves. Every tooth extraction starts with an initial consultation that will help us better understand your individual needs and smile goals. We can talk with you about what your specific process may be like, the cost of treatment, and how urgent your specific needs are so that we can get you the care you need in a timely manner.
Preparation for Your Smile
Every surgical appointment begins with a thorough review of medical history and an examination of the area. We will also take x-rays to get a full picture of your current oral health. X-rays help us to see the full shape and length of your teeth, even under the surface of your gums. We can tell if you have any troubles with your jaw bone or surrounding teeth, and we can show you any signs of concern that we may need to address before they become a more serious oral health issue.
For West Palm Beach tooth extractions, we provide some sedation to help with the procedure. The level of sedation will be dependent on the level of difficulty associated with your extraction. A local anesthetic is appropriate for a simple tooth extraction, but we may advise that you use intravenous anesthesia for more serious procedures, like the removal of a wisdom tooth. We recommend that you bring a friend or family member to drive you home after your procedure because the use of anesthesia will impair your ability to drive.
After the right level of sedation has been administered, our team will use an elevator to gently lift the tooth out of the area. Then we will use forceps to easily remove the tooth. You will likely only feel some slight pressure while the tooth is being lifted, but you won’t feel any pain. This is typical for a simple extraction which can be performed relatively quickly. For a surgical extraction, we will need to make a small incision in the gums to remove the tooth. We may have to use a drill to help clear some of the bone that may be in the way. Our team can go over the full process with you so that you can better understand how a tooth will be surgically removed.
When your tooth extraction is complete, it is really important to keep the area clean. Any food debris that gets into the area can lead to infection, so try to avoid having any food on that side of the mouth. We will provide you with dry gauze to help form a blood clot, and you should keep those gauze on for about an hour. Later in the day, you can gently rinse your mouth to keep your mouth clean. You may experience some pain the day of your procedure, but it should be mild and will likely go away within a day or two. We can help manage your pain with medication depending on the severity of your procedure.