TOOTH EXTRACTION IN PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL
If you are suffering from a painful dental infection or wisdom tooth complications, Dr. Jay Ajmo performs gentle and precise tooth extraction procedures at his Palm Beach Gardens, FL, practice. Dr. Ajmo and His Team understand that extracting a tooth can be stressful for some patients. His staff will go the extra mile to ensure your comfort during your procedure. Reach Out To Us Today to learn how we can ease your concerns and improve your oral health.
Why Are Teeth Pulled?
Tooth extraction is typically performed for 1 of 2 reasons: to remove teeth damaged by trauma or decay, or to remove problematic wisdom teeth. Left alone, either problem can lead to infection of the tooth and surrounding structures, including the tooth roots, gums, soft tissue, and even the bone.
Damaged teeth can be particularly painful. Infection or trauma can impair the tooth’s pulp, made up of nerves and blood vessels that provide the tooth with nutrients, water, and stimulation. If the pulp dies, the tooth will soon follow.
While some teeth can be restored or reinforced with a crown after such damage, this is not always possible. In this situation, we will typically recommend 1 of 2 options: wait for the dead tooth to fall out, or extract it. In many cases, it is safer to wait for the tooth to fall out naturally. However, if your tooth is stuck, or if waiting presents other issues, then extraction may be the best solution.
Tooth extraction is typically performed for 1 of 2 reasons: to remove teeth damaged by trauma or decay, or to remove problematic wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth pose a unique problem. They are the third and final set of permanent molars to emerge, usually erupting in your late teens or early twenties. Since they come in so late, they often present serious issues.
Wisdom teeth can erupt awkwardly due to overcrowding, pushing outward to the cheeks, backward, toward neighboring teeth, or even at right angles. In some cases, space is so limited in your mouth that wisdom teeth only partially erupt, if at all.
Consequently, wisdom teeth are often difficult to clean, making them more vulnerable to developing cavities and widespread infection. Removing the tooth is not always necessary, but it is sometimes the best solution.
What To Expect During And After Tooth Extraction
Regardless of the reason for the extraction, the procedure is the same. First, we will administer anesthetic to minimize pain and discomfort. Next we will make an incision in the gums at the treatment site to access the tooth root. If any gum tissue or bone blocks access to the tooth root, it must also be removed.
The tooth is then extracted in either a single piece or in parts, depending on how secure it is. Once the socket is empty, we will close the incision with self-dissolving stitches and pack the empty space with gauze, to help form and protect the blood clot.
Recovery usually takes a few days. You may notice some bleeding and swelling, and it may be difficult to open your mouth wide. Cold compresses and pain medication are typically enough to counter these side effects.
If the blood clot at your surgical site detaches, you can develop what is known as dry socket. This can delay your healing process and possibly lead to infection of the tooth socket, which can damage nearby teeth, nerves, bone, or sinusoidal tissue. You should contact us immediately if your socket is still bleeding after 24 hours, as the clot may have detached.
Prior to your tooth extraction, we will discuss your tooth replacement options. A dead or damaged tooth can be replaced with a dental implant. If you have sufficient bone tissue, you may even be able to receive the implant immediately after your tooth extraction. Wisdom teeth, however, do not require replacement.
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At PGA Dentistry, our team works hard to provide you with a healthy, happy smile that you can take confidence in. If you are experiencing tooth pain and would like to speak with Dr. Ajmo about tooth extraction, Schedule An Appointment Today.