While Dr. Shanaka will always make every effort to keep your natural smile intact, there are some situations where a tooth is beyond repair and will only continue to harm your oral health the longer it remains in place. At Tarpon Shores Dental, we make sure that tooth extractions are performed as comfortably and efficiently as possible so that you can ultimately continue to enjoy the rest of your pearly whites. If you have a tooth that might be doing more harm than good, contact our practice today for an appointment.
Tooth extractions are always a last resort; they’re only performed when absolutely necessary in certain situations, such as:
The extraction process largely depends on whether or not the tooth has erupted and is visible in your mouth. If it is, Dr. Shanaka can perform a simple extraction using forceps to gently loosen the ligaments holding the tooth to the jaw. However, if your tooth is stuck under your gums, surgery is required; this usually means removing small amounts of gum and bone tissue to get at the tooth. Keep in mind that some teeth are harder to remove than others and might need to be broken into pieces first. Don’t worry; we can use sedation dentistry to make sure you stay calm and comfortable during this process.
It takes a few days to fully recover from tooth extraction. Take painkillers as prescribed and apply an ice bag for ten minutes at a time to reduce swelling. You should keep physical activity to a minimum for the next day or two. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or drinking from a straw for at least 24 hours; these activities could dislodge the blood clot protecting the site of the extraction. You’ll need to eat soft foods such as yogurt and applesauce at first. As you recover, you can start adding more solid foods to your diet.
Once you’ve recovered, we can talk about replacing your tooth with a restoration. Partial dentures and bridges are available, but in many cases dental implants will be your best option for filling in the gap in your smile. Dr. Shanaka will take your oral health into account before recommending a specific form of tooth replacement.