Tooth Extraction - palm beach gardens fl

Trusted Tooth Extractions from a Skilled Clinician

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Understanding Tooth Extraction

If you are suffering from painful dental infection or wisdom tooth complications, Dr. Jay Ajmo can perform gentle and precise tooth extraction procedures in our Palm Beach Gardens, FL, practice. We understand that extracting a tooth can be stressful for some patients. Our team will go the extra mile to ensure your comfort during your procedure.

Why Are Teeth Pulled?

Tooth extraction is typically performed for one of two reasons: to remove teeth damaged by trauma, decay, infection or advanced bone loss or to remove third molars (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 and surrounding areas will soon become infected. 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 extracting the failing tooth.

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Wisdom Tooth Extraction Can Prevent Future Problems

Third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth, are the last to emerge, so they can often have difficulty properly erupting. If we find that your third molars are impacted or likely to lead to future concerns, we can perform wisdom tooth extraction at our Palm Beach Gardens, FL, practice. When performing extractions, Dr. Ajmo uses a gentle touch to ensure the comfort of patients.

Wisdom teeth usually erupt during the late teens to early 20s. Because they do not emerge until after all other adult teeth have developed, wisdom teeth often have difficulty breaking through the gums completely, resulting in tooth impaction.

In addition to these oral health problems, wisdom teeth often cause considerable discomfort. Wisdom tooth extraction is most often performed on teens and young adults between 15 and 25 years of age. If a patient has not experienced trouble with his or her wisdom teeth by age 30, surgery is oftentimes not recommended unless they are periodontally involved.

This overcrowding can lead to a number of oral health problems, including:

Impacted wisdom teeth are often forced into unusual and uncomfortable angles, including toward the cheek, toward the tongue, backward, or even at complete right angles.

When impacted wisdom teeth push against neighboring teeth, it can lead to chips, fractures, and a significantly greater risk of infection.

In response to the pressure and discomfort of impacted teeth, surrounding tissue can become inflamed and develop sacs of fluid known as cysts. When left untreated, oral cysts can cause damage to the jawbone, teeth, and nerves.

Wisdom teeth that develop at improper angles can become much more vulnerable to decay and infection.

What To Expect During and After Tooth Extraction

Regardless of the reason for the extraction, the procedure is the same. First, we may administer a sedative and then 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 decayed or damaged 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.

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Recovery usually takes a few days. You may notice some bleeding and swelling, and it may be slightly 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. ​

Replacement Options

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.

If we plan to place a dental implant and there is not adequate bone remaining, then bone grafting material may be placed into the extracted tooth socket. This allows your body to grow new bone in the socket of the jaw. The bone graft will heal in about three months, allowing a dental implant to be surgically placed where the original tooth was.  

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Contact Us Today

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 us or our doctors about tooth extraction, schedule an appointment today.

Receive Confident Tooth Extractions For The Relief You Need!

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