Tooth Extractions – Bonita Springs, FL
Promoting Your Long-Term Oral Health
Here at Pelican Landing Dental, we always make efforts to help our patients retain their natural teeth for a lifetime. In some cases, however, that simply is not possible; one or more tooth extractions may be necessary. On this page, you will learn why extractions are sometimes advisable and what you can expect during and after an extraction procedure. If you have questions about any of the information here, or if you are ready to schedule a restorative consultation, contact our friendly, knowledgeable team.
Why Might I Need Tooth Extractions?
Common reasons for tooth extractions include:
- A tooth is so badly decayed or damaged that it cannot be repaired with a filling, inlay, onlay, or crown
- Gum disease has compromised the bone around a tooth and has caused it to loosen in its socket
- A tooth has suffered a severe infection, and a root canal would not adequately be able to treat it
- The teeth are overcrowded, and it is necessary to make room for orthodontic treatment
- A tooth is stuck beneath the gum line (impacted) and is endangering the health of the teeth around it
Types of Tooth Extractions
Not all tooth extractions follow the same procedure. Below, you can read more about the different types of tooth extractions. Regardless of which type of extraction you undergo, rest assured that we will make your comfort a top priority.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
The wisdom teeth are the third molars, the ones at the very back of the mouth. If your mouth is not large enough to accommodate them, they may push the other teeth out of alignment, increase your risk of oral infection, and lead to other problems. When we are extracting these teeth, we may have to create incisions in the gums and/or break the teeth into smaller pieces.
Multiple Tooth Extractions
Trauma, genetics, gum disease, or other factors may make it necessary for us to remove multiple teeth at the same time. We will make sure your mouth is numb, and then we will grip each tooth with forceps and rock it back and forth in order to beak the ligaments that bind it to the surrounding bone.
Extraction Site Preservation
In many cases, it is both possible and advisable to plan for tooth replacement even before your natural teeth are extracted. As part of your extraction procedure, we may build up the bone in the tooth socket with a grafting material. Doing so prepares your jaw to host dental implants, which are the best type of tooth replacement.
Here are some basic guidelines you should follow in the days following a tooth extraction:
- Avoid vigorous physical activity
- Do not smoke or drink through a straw
- Eat a soft diet, and try to keep food away from the extraction sites
- Take OTC painkillers as necessary to ease any discomfort
- Use a cold compress to minimize swelling
- Stick to your oral hygiene routine, but do not place your toothbrush directly on the extraction sites
- Call us if you have any questions or concerns
Tooth Extraction FAQs
Learning you need a tooth extraction in Bonita Springs? While it may not be the ideal bit of news you want to hear, the truth is that our team at Pelican Landing Dental would not recommend the procedure if it wasn’t absolutely necessary. The good news is our professionals are here to provide insightful information regarding your procedure and are happy to answer any questions you might have about what you can expect. In fact, we’ve answered some of the most common questions about tooth extractions below. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
Will it hurt to have a tooth extracted?
At Pelican Landing Dental, we believe in making sure our patients are completely comfortable before any procedure. We are happy to provide oral conscious sedation to help you become more relaxed during your visit as well as local anesthesia to numb the area around your problematic tooth. This will ensure you feel no pain during your procedure and will remain in an advanced state of relaxation. It is important to know that you will need someone to escort you to and from your appointment, as it can take several hours for the effects of sedation to wear off. Once you are at home recovering, you may feel some soreness and mild to moderate pain; however, you can take any prescribed medication provided to you by our team or over-the-counter medication to alleviate discomfort.
Why can’t I smoke after having a tooth removed?
Smoking is strictly prohibited after having a tooth extracted because of the high risk of developing a dry socket. This bad habit can cause the blood clot to dislodge, resulting in immense pain and necessary treatment for your dry socket. You might also experience high blood pressure, dizziness, an infection, and a lengthier recovery process.
Will It be necessary to replace my tooth after having it extracted?
This depends on the type of tooth you are having removed. If you are undergoing a wisdom tooth extraction, no, you will not need to seek additional treatment to replace these teeth. However, if you are having any other tooth removed, you and your dentist in Bonita Springs must discuss available tooth replacement solutions to complete your smile. Allowing missing teeth to remain untreated can result in additional bone and tooth loss as well as a misalignment of your bite. Your natural teeth will attempt to shift, which can lead to a wide range of oral health problems.
Will insurance cover the cost of my extraction?
It is not uncommon for dental insurance companies to pay a portion of your tooth extraction, but it is important that you speak to a representative to determine if you have met your deductible or annual maximum. This will determine how much you can expect to pay out of pocket for your procedure. If you need assistance, our team is here to work on your behalf with the insurance company, filing any necessary paperwork or claims. We will also discuss alternative payment methods, one of which is CareCredit. This third-party financier offers low and no interest payment plans to eligible individuals undergoing complex dental treatment.