Panama City Smiles : Tooth Extractions in Panama City, FL
As much as we want our teeth to last our whole lifetime, an extraction — the removal of a tooth — is sometimes necessary. Here at Panama City Smiles, we are very experienced at performing both routine extractions and removal of wisdom teeth. We will make you as comfortable as possible and take very good care of you. There are several reasons for tooth extractions, two main methods, and important aftercare instructions to follow.
Reasons for Tooth Extractions
- Damage from injury or advanced tooth decay. If caught in time, a filling or root canal can save your tooth. But if your tooth is abscessed or severely decayed and no other treatment or cure will work, it needs to be removed.
- Infection or risk of infection. When decay eats away at a tooth, infecting the pulp, doing nothing can cause infection to spread. If your tooth cannot be treated, it needs to be pulled. If your immune system is compromised in any way, it is not worth the risk of an infection affecting your whole body to leave a decaying or diseased tooth to get worse. An extraction is necessary to prevent even the possibility of infection when your body does not have the strength to fight it off.
- A crowded mouth. Sometimes there just is not room for all of your teeth to erupt through the gums properly. This can cause pain or alignment and bite problems. Other reasons to extract teeth is to prepare for orthodontic treatment, or to maintain alignment after orthodontic treatment.
- Gum disease. When gum disease has severely loosened or damaged a tooth, it needs to be extracted. If gums have pulled away from the teeth, it leaves gaps or pockets for bacteria to grow, leaving the tooth root unprotected. Also, when gums become diseased, they do not hold teeth in place properly, so teeth become loose and sometimes fall out or need to be removed.
- Preparation for tooth replacement. If you are going to replace compromised teeth with implants or bridges, they need to be removed to make room for your new teeth. Likewise, if you have only a few teeth left and you need implant-supported dentures or removable dentures, all of your teeth need to be removed so an entire arch of replacement teeth can fit.
Types of Tooth Extractions
- Simple extractions are for visible teeth that need to be pulled. You will be given a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. Dr. Patel will gently rock the tooth back and forth to loosen it from the socket and pull the tooth out using forceps.
- Surgical extractions are done for more complicated cases involving teeth that have broken beneath the gum line, or to remove teeth that are impacted or have not erupted from the gums. These can be performed by a dentist or by an oral surgeon, and a higher level of sedation is used in addition to local anesthesia.
Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, often require extraction. They may grow in horizontally or at an angle, which can damage surrounding teeth or your jawbone. Dr. Patel will use X-rays to see if your wisdom teeth need to be removed.
Care After Tooth Extractions
Following the extraction of one or more teeth, Dr. Patel will send you home to recover. You will receive specific instructions for caring for your mouth to minimize your discomfort, avoid complications like dry socket, and speed up the recovery process. It is very important that you follow those instructions and call us if you have any problems or questions.
If you suspect that you have a tooth that needs to be extracted, or if you want to explore tooth replacement options like implants or bridges, get in touch with us. You can use our online form to request an evaluation, or give us a call at (850) 588-0185.