Tooth Extractions in Palm Bay
At Beautiful You Dental, our dedicated dentists and caring dentistry team members try their hardest to help patients keep whole, healthy smiles for a lifetime. Unfortunately, there are some cases where tooth extraction is the best option to help patients maintain the optimal level of oral health. When this is the case, our Palm Bay dentist and team offer safe, comfortable tooth extractions. If you want to learn more about tooth extractions and other services available in our office, call Beautiful You Dental to schedule an appointment with our dedicated dentist and dentistry team today. We’ll examine your smile and help you plan for the best possible treatment option to allow you to maintain a healthy smile.
Why Would a Tooth Extraction be Recommended?
Before we recommend tooth extraction, we take into consideration whether or not removal will be better for your overall oral health. If saving the tooth is impossible or will cause more damage to surrounding teeth, we will recommend tooth extraction. Some of the reasons we remove teeth include:
- Tooth decay or damage too severe to be repaired with restorative dentistry treatments like dental crowns
- Kids whose primary teeth don’t fall out on their own
- Impaction, teeth that are unable to erupt on their own
- In preparation for orthodontic treatment when teeth are crowded
- Prior to denture creation and placement
- Wisdom teeth, third molars, are often extracted due to lack of space in the smile
How are Teeth Extracted?
We can remove teeth in one of two ways. Pulling is the simplest form of the procedure. This is only possible when the tooth has fully erupted from the gum line. We use tools to clasp the tooth. Then, we shift it back and forth until it breaks free from the socket. When pulling isn’t possible, we will need to surgically remove the tooth. In some cases, this is as simple as cutting away some soft tissue to reveal a larger portion of the tooth, but they can also be more complicated. We’ll plan in advance using all the latest diagnostic tools, so we can streamline the process and ensure your comfort.
What Happens After Extraction?
Following tooth extraction, we’ll walk you through how to care for your smile to ensure you make a full recovery with minimal discomfort. Some basics you should keep in mind throughout the healing process include:
- Use clean gauze to absorb blood flow for the first 48 hours as a clot forms.
- Switch out the gauze every few hours or as often as necessary when the gauze becomes saturated.
- Clean your surrounding teeth carefully but avoid brushing the area over the extraction site.
- We will likely offer an antimicrobial mouth rinse to clean the area around the extraction site as it heals.
You should consume only liquids for the first 24 hours after tooth extraction. Then, you can gradually begin to consume soft foods and introduce firmer foods over the course of one or more weeks as you feel comfortable.