An extraction is provided when a tooth has become too damaged to be properly saved or when a tooth is disrupting the well-being of other teeth. While it is always our goal to save your natural teeth, sometimes, even with proper care, a tooth extraction is the best option to restore oral health.
Before we remove a tooth, our experts must take X-rays of the structure and its surrounding area. This is important for deciding the most effective and safest method for pulling the tooth. We also provide any necessary anesthesia for the patient before conducting the procedure.
After making the necessary preparations, we will extract the tooth in the most effective way possible. This usually involves pulling the tooth directly out from the socket with a special dental tool. In most cases, this process will be completed very quickly. The sedation should be working very well at this time and prevent the patient from experiencing any major discomfort. Once the tooth has been removed, the patient must bite down on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes to control any bleeding and form a blood clot at the extraction site.
Recovery following a tooth extraction will generally take a few days. The first thing to keep in mind is that the patient should not disturb the newly formed blood clot in any way. We ask that patients refrain from using a straw, consuming drugs or alcohol, exercising intensely or smoking for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
To reduce swelling, the patient should use an ice pack on their outer cheek closest to the extraction site. They should make sure not to apply the ice pack for longer than 20 minutes at a time. Once the swelling has subsided, a warm compress can be applied for comfort, and warm salt water rinses can be used to keep the area clean.
Westchase Smiles Institute also offers wisdom teeth removals. The wisdom teeth grow in the back of the mouth, usually erupting when they are in their late teens or early twenties. These teeth almost always need to be removed because of the severe angle at which they grow and the general lack of space available for them.