Damage to a tooth is often repairable, but in some cases, a tooth extraction may be required. Even if a tooth is healthy, it might be putting the rest of your smile in jeopardy. Dr. David Bistritz is a highly trained dentist with years of experience who has performed countless tooth extractions via simple and surgical methods. A simple extraction removes a tooth that is still visible above the gumline. A surgical extraction is performed when the tooth is below the gumline and not yet visible. Before making any decisions on removing a tooth, Dr. Bistritz will go over your digital x-rays and exam results to see if there are any other treatment options that could save the tooth. Call Aventura Dental Center in Aventura, FL to schedule an appointment.
Reasons for Extraction
While there are many reasons a tooth might need to be extracted, here are some of the more common ones:
Infection: If the pulp inside a tooth is too severely infected, a root canal won’t be able to get rid of all the infection. In order to stop it from spreading to other teeth or the rest of your body, the tooth would need to be removed.
High chance of future infection: People with compromised immune systems, such as those going through chemotherapy, might benefit from removing a tooth that has a high risk of getting infected. It’s better to take care of the problem before it causes bigger problems.
Overcrowding: If your adult teeth either come in wrong or shift over time, removing one tooth might make enough room for the others to get back to where they belong. This can also make future orthodontic work possible or easier.
Wisdom teeth: When your third molars finally come in, they could put the rest of your teeth in jeopardy. Removing wisdom teeth before they cause problems is a common procedure.
Periodontal disease: If gum disease goes untreated for too long, your teeth might be ready to fall out from the deteriorating gum and bone. Removing them now can save a lot of time and pain later on, as well as prepare for future dental implants while there’s still enough bone left.
What to Expect
For a simple extraction, a local anesthetic is usually given to numb the gum before the tooth is loosened and removed from the jawbone. Dr. Bistritz will carefully separate the tooth from the gum tissue and ligaments before the socket is cleaned and closed. For a surgical extraction, a patient may be given local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. To remove the tooth, Dr. Bistritz must surgically cut through the gums and bone. In some cases, the tooth will be cut into pieces for easier extraction. Once the tooth is removed, the socket will be cleaned and stitched closed.
After an extraction, a blood clot will usually form in the socket of the removed tooth, which should be kept clean and monitored for signs of infection. Dr. Bistritz may suggest pain medication for any discomfort after the procedure or prescribe painkillers. Patients will usually follow a soft food or liquid diet for at least one day after the extraction, also being careful when brushing their teeth to help the socket heal. The gums and bone usually begin to heal 1 – 2 weeks after the extraction, but it may be up to six months before the mouth is fully healed.
If the extraction is a medical necessity, most or part of the cost will usually be covered by dental insurance. The coverage may vary based on whether it is a simple or surgical extraction, so our office will confirm your benefits and out-of-pocket cost. Our office offers financing plans and we accept several payment options.
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Whether you need your wisdom teeth removed or you need an emergency extraction after a trauma or injury, please contact our office to learn more about your options. We can help you with simple or surgical extractions to improve your health.
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