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