Severe dental decay and gum disease may lead to extreme damage to your smile. A tooth extraction may be necessary to protect other healthy teeth and repair your smile. A West Palm Beach tooth extraction can prevent further decay from occurring and reduce your risk for further infection. Keep reading to learn all about tooth extractions from the initial consultation all the way through recovery.
Reasons for a Tooth Extraction
Healthy teeth should be able to last a lifetime, but there can be many reasons for needing to have a tooth removed. These reasons could include a damaged tooth, infection, trauma from injury, a crack or fracture, or severe decay. Our team may recommend a West Palm Beach tooth extraction if we notice severe damage in your smile when you come in for your six-month check-up and cleaning. A tooth that has become severely decayed could endanger your other surrounding teeth and lead to further and more severe damage, so a tooth extraction may be performed to prevent further damage. A tooth extraction may also be necessary in an emergency situation if your tooth has become cracked or fractured. A damaged tooth that fractures all the way to the gum line could leave you vulnerable to infection, so it may need to be removed.
West Palm Beach tooth extractions will begin with an initial consultation that can help us better understand the cause of your tooth damage and go over your health history. We will evaluate the tooth in question, complete a full examination of your teeth and gums, and go over your anesthesia risks. Our team will need to determine if you are fit for some sedation methods prior to treatment. When you come in for your tooth extraction, we will numb the area with a local anesthetic so that you don’t feel more than a slight pressure. General anesthesia may be used depending on your treatment needs and comfort level. Every patient is unique, so our team will speak with you about the appropriate level of sedation for your specific procedure.
To remove your tooth, our dentist will utilize forceps to gently pull the tooth out of the gums. If your tooth is impacted, the dentist may trim some of the gums or bone tissue out of the way in order to remove the tooth. If the tooth is a bit difficult to remove, it may be removed in pieces. If your tooth has been impacted, or if the extraction was more severe, we may use stitches to help the surgical site heal.
A blood clot will form over the extraction site and help close the area for healing. This blood clot helps to seal the area and protect it from food debris or bacteria in your mouth. You want to frequently rinse with salt water to help clean the area and keep unwanted debris out of the surgical site. You should avoid chewing on that side of your mouth and avoid using straws until the area is completely healed. Any damage to the area could create a dry socket, which can be harmful to your oral health. Hold gauze on the area to help form a blood clot and try to avoid the area for at least 24 hours to give your mouth some time to heal.
If you are in pain after your West Palm Beach tooth extraction, we can go over your medication options to help you through the healing process. Place an ice pack on your cheek to help reduce swelling and help soothe any discomfort that may come after your procedure. Placing an ice pack for 10 minutes at a time can be highly effective when it comes to reducing mild discomfort.