Do you need a tooth extraction West Palm Beach? If your smile suffers from extreme decay or damage, an extraction helps protect your other healthy teeth and gums from harm.
Tooth extractions are routine procedures performed in our office. The first step is the numbing of the area using a local anesthetic. Anesthesia is used to put you to sleep if the procedure is more advanced or if the patient has high levels of anxiety/fear about the procedure. We use a tool called an elevator that loosens the tooth from the socket and removed using forceps. You’ll feel some slight pressure while the tooth is being removed. Lastly, we stitch the area closed and provide you with pain medication to help with the healing process.
Reasons for Needing a Tooth Extraction
● Irreversible tooth damage due to extreme decay
● A viable solution to periodontal disease
● Help an impacted tooth
● Eliminate overcrowding of teeth
● Necessary after an accident
Types of Tooth Extractions/What is the Difference?
● Simple Dental Extraction – This procedure is quick and easy. We administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around your tooth. There’s slight pressure but no pain, and you’re awake for the whole procedure. Next, we loosen the tooth from the socket and remove it.
● Surgical Dental Extractions – This procedure requires intravenous anesthesia, local anesthesia, or general anesthesia. You’re unconscious for the procedure. A small incision in your gums is made and we remove a small piece of jaw bone in order to remove the tooth. After, you receive stitches so that your gums properly heal.
● Wisdom Tooth Extractions – Wisdom teeth cause crowding the mouth and lead to serious dental health issues in the future. Other times, wisdom teeth that emerge like molars are left alone if they’re shown to not threaten the health of your smile. If a wisdom tooth is emerging on an angle, it causes an obstruction and forces your teeth out of their natural position.
Failing to extract wisdom teeth leads to several problems in the future:
● Trapping food and debris
● Infection or gum disease
● Tooth decay
● Damage to surrounding teeth
● Development of cyst around the wisdom tooth
● Inability to straighten teeth due to crowding
Emergency Tooth Extractions
Emergency tooth extractions are advised to treat or prevent further injury to your teeth or gums. If you suffer from any of the following dental emergencies, you may require a tooth extraction in West Palm Beach:
● Blunt trauma or physical harm to the teeth or gums
● Orthodontic procedure to make room in the mouth
● Periodontal disease and gum disease
● Abscess or infection in the mouth
● Severe dental caries
There are risks during tooth extraction, though they’re uncommon. In about 30% of impacted teeth extractions, dry pockets form due to blood clots and cause pain. Dry pockets lead to infection due to the exposure of the affected area has to air and food.
An incomplete extraction is also possible, though highly unlikely. This is where a fragment of the tooth root is left in the jaw because in some cases it’s safer to leave the root where it is. Some pain after a tooth extraction is normal and subsides within a day or two. You may also experience numbness following surgery, but it should subside quickly.
If you’d like to learn more about tooth extractions in West Palm Beach, call our office today. You can reach us at (561) 686-2077 or by filling out an appointment request form directly on our website. We are here to help you with all your dental and oral health needs, and we look forward to hearing from you!