Damage, trauma, or oral disease may require a tooth extraction in Weston, Florida. Dr. Llavona and Dr. Oliver can perform extractions in our dental office. When it comes to your pain and comfort level, you want a dentist you can trust and who has your best interest at heart. At Dental Specialists of Weston, we strive to ensure that you get the best possible care with the least amount of discomfort or pain. Please call our office at 954-349-4993, and one of our dental team members will assist you.
At our practice, our main goal is to help you keep all of your natural teeth by keeping them healthy throughout your life. However, there are some instances where it is best to have a tooth removed. Typically, our dentists recommends that a tooth be removed when it is severely decayed or damaged, or if there is not enough room in the mouth to adequately accommodate all of your teeth. For younger patients, it may be necessary to remove a baby tooth in order to help a permanent tooth erupt properly.
Tooth extraction is not a routine procedure, but our team has the skill, training and experience necessary to perform a tooth extraction in the most comfortable and safe way possible. If you need a tooth extraction, you have nothing to fear when you visit our dentists. Prior to your treatment, we will review your procedure and answer any questions you may have to help you feel more comfortable with your tooth extraction.
Reasons to Extract a Tooth
If you have a damaged tooth, it is our number-one priority to help you restore and keep your natural tooth. However, there are some instances where your may require a tooth extraction. These cases include:
- Gum disease or severe trauma: In both of these cases, there are several ways to repair and restore a tooth before performing an extraction. Depending on the situation, our dentists may provide a root canal treatment, dental crown or both. However, there are some cases where traditional restorative treatments are not enough to fully restore the tooth’s health, appearance or function. In such cases, it may be better to remove the tooth and replace it with a high-quality restoration, such as a dental implant.
- Crowding: When there is not enough space in the jaw to accommodate all of your teeth, you can begin to experience crowding. With crowding, your teeth are pushed together, making them crooked in an attempt to fit all of the teeth. To help create enough room for your teeth, we may remove one or more teeth. Typically, we remove the first premolars, which are the teeth next to your canines. Once enough space is created from the extraction, your teeth can be straightened out with the help of orthodontics.
- Impacted wisdom teeth: Wisdom teeth are the last of your teeth to erupt, and they often become impacted. By removing impacted wisdom teeth early on, our dentists can help you avoid future problems, such as crowding, disease or infection caused by the impacted teeth.
- Baby teeth: On occasion, a baby tooth will erupt out of its proper position or does not fall out at the right time. In either of these cases, the permanent tooth that follows has the potential to not erupt properly. To avoid this and the possible need for future orthodontics, we can remove the baby tooth.
Before performing a tooth extraction, Dr. Llavona or Dr. Oliver will evaluate your teeth with digital X-rays or our 3D scanner. These images help us see the exact location of your dental roots and its relation to the bone and teeth around it. By reviewing these images beforehand, we can avoid complications that otherwise may have occurred.
Typically, a tooth extraction is performed with local anesthesia. This will numb the tooth and surrounding area. Depending on your unique case, our dentists may also use mild sedatives during your procedure. Our team will review your procedure, needs and preferences prior to beginning treatment.
During your tooth extraction, our dentists and team take great care to avoid damaging or disturbing the bone and tissue around the tooth. Depending on the treatment area and your bone density, Dr. Llavona or Dr. Oliver may perform a small bone graft at the extraction site to help preserve your jaw bone’s strength and appearance. This will also help prepare you to receive a dental implant as a replacement tooth.
After Tooth Extraction
Following your tooth extraction, our team will place a sterilized gauze pad over the extraction site. You will need to gently bite down on the gauze to stop any bleeding. Depending on your procedure, we may also use a few sutures to close the extraction site. It is normal to experience minor discomfort after surgery. You can take any recommended over-the-counter or prescribed pain medication to reduce discomfort.
You may also experience some swelling after an extraction. This is normal and should subsite after a few days. To minimize swelling, apply a cold compress or ice pack to the cheek in about 5-minute intervals. After the first 24 hours post-surgery, you can use a warm compress.
Your mouth will probably be sore for a few days after surgery. For maximum comfort, eat a diet of soft foods for a few days. Do NOT drink anything from a straw, as this could cause your blood clot to become dislodged.
After your procedure, our dentists will inform you of any additional post-treatment instructions that are unique to your treatment. If you have any questions or concerns about tooth extractions, we invite you to contact our friendly team today.