Tooth Extraction and Removal
Gentle and Effective Dental Professionals in Clearwater
If you’re suffering from a toothache, you’re probably wondering how to relieve the pain instead of concentrating on the health of the tooth itself. Tooth pain can be the result of a number of problems, so you should make an appointment immediately for an oral examination. Depending on what the dentist recommends, you may or may not need a tooth extraction.
We are fully equipped to perform tooth extractions in our office (even for most wisdom teeth). The team at Northwood Dental in Clearwater are gentle and effective dental professionals who take your comfort and health seriously. We do our best to make any and every dental procedure a smooth success.
For further information on tooth removal or to schedule your appointment, call 727-797-5161.
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Reasons You Might Need a Tooth Extraction
The most common reason for the removal of a tooth is severe decay or breakage:
- Severe infection
- Extra teeth that are blocking other teeth from growing in
- Severe gum disease
- Making room for orthodontic treatment
- Endodontically restoring the tooth isn’t possible
- Fractured teeth
- Dental prosthesis (i.e.: bridge or denture)
- Cosmetic reasons
Regardless of the reasons a tooth must be pulled, tooth extraction is usually reserved only for cases in which no other treatment option will cure the infection or problem.
Signs You Might Need a Tooth Removed
While there are a number of different reasons that your tooth may end up being pulled, the signs to look for are basically the same. Common indicators you might need a tooth pulled include overcrowding of teeth or the signs of a serious tooth infection. These include:
- Sensitivity to hot and cold that lingers after the food or beverage has been removed
- Throbbing pain around the tooth, jaw or neck
- Swelling in your cheek
- Pressure-related sensitivity
- Darkening or discoloration of the tooth
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, contact our dental office as soon as possible. Our dental staff will relieve any pain and determine the best solution to ensure the health of your teeth and gums. Even if you’re not experiencing pain, it’s important to have your annual dental examination so that your dentist can identify any tooth decay before it leads to tooth extraction.
I Don’t Have Tooth Pain. Do I Need to Get My Tooth Pulled?
You might be thinking, “ I don’t have a toothache, why is my dentist recommending a tooth extraction?” Dental extractions are performed for a variety of reasons including tooth decay, injury and for orthodontic treatment. Even if you don’t have a toothache, your tooth may be too damaged to repair it through a root canal or other tooth repair procedure. We always try to save the tooth first, but in some cases, there is no other option.
Tooth extractions are a relatively common procedure in most dental offices. The difficulty of the procedure varies depending on the case and the patient; however, anesthesia is used to numb the area and prevent pain during the procedure.
Types of Tooth Extractions
There are two forms of extraction – simple and surgical.
Simple extractions are performed on teeth that can be seen in the mouth. They are removed due to decay or injury and are usually performed under a local anesthetic. During this procedure, the dentist will grasp the tooth with forceps and loosen it by moving the forceps back and forth. The loosened tooth will then come out easily.
Surgical extractions are performed on teeth that have broken off at the gum line or that have not yet come in (i.e. wisdom teeth). To remove the tooth, the dentist will have to cut and pull back the gums, which allows access to the area. This is necessary so that they can see the tooth that needs to be removed. Surgical extractions are usually done with local anesthesia but a general anesthesia is sometimes preferred.
Dental Surgery for Wisdom Teeth Removal
Nearly 85% of adults have their wisdom teeth removed. During your regular oral exams, digital x-rays will be taken to monitor the growth of your wisdom teeth. Often, your dentist will recommend removal to avoid future problems, such as partial eruptions which lead to infection, tooth decay, gum disease and serious tooth pain.
Wisdom teeth removal requires a dental surgeon who will extract the teeth safely and painlessly. During wisdom tooth removal, a local anesthetic is used to numb any pain that might occur during the surgery and your dentist will usually sedate you.
If you’re concerned about your wisdom teeth coming in, schedule your appointment with us today!
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