Tooth Extractions in Lauderhill, FL
Having a tooth extracted is generally seen as a last resort by most dentists. But if you are in a situation where losing a tooth necessary, then Dr. Robert Dolgow can provide you with comfortable and painless tooth removal. They can also help you determine whether removing the tooth is needed to preserve the health of your other teeth as well as your mouth in general.
Give us a call at Smile Brighteners if you are in a situation where tooth extraction might be the best option.
Reasons Removing a Tooth Might Be Necessary
Sometimes a tooth is so damaged or decayed, leaving it in the mouth risks causing other oral health issues. Wisdom teeth, which are adult molars, also often need to be extracted if they are impacted (caught partially or fully beneath gum tissue) or crowding other teeth in the mouth. Baby teeth need to be pulled if they don’t fall out naturally. Patients who are undergoing orthodontic treatment might need to have a tooth extracted.
Other reasons people might need to have a tooth extracted include the following:
- If a patient is going to have dental implants, teeth often need to be removed prior to the procedure.
- If gum disease is severe enough, this can mean the loss of teeth.
- Teeth that are severely damaged or chipped might need to be extracted.
- Losing a tooth might be necessary to restore proper jaw function in some cases.
What to Expect if You Need to Have a Tooth Extracted
A tooth extraction can be done right in the Smile Brighteners office. Either Dr. Dolgow will numb the extraction site, then he will break up the tooth or loosen it with forceps before removing it from the socket. You will not feel any pain during this procedure. There should also be little downtime after the procedure.
Post-procedure instructions will include eating from the opposite side of the mouth for a while, and you should also avoid touching the area with your tongue until the gum tissue has healed. Eat soft foods after the procedure until the gum has healed enough for chewing to become comfortable again.
If you had your wisdom teeth removed, you will want to be careful so you can avoid dry socket. If this condition develops, it means the blood clot that has formed at the extraction site has become dislodged or dissolved. Avoid drinking through a straw, smoking, or irritating the treated area in any way.
If you are experiencing pain after the procedure, you can use over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. If you are experiencing any facial swelling, ice packs will help with the swelling and ease any discomfort.
If You Are Experiencing a Dental Emergency
If you are in a lot of pain and think you might need to have a tooth extracted, call our office immediately and we will get you in as soon as possible to get you feeling good again. While an extraction might be possible, a root canal may be a better choice and allow us to save your natural tooth.
If you have a problem tooth that might need to be extracted, give us a call at Smile Brighteners, and we can go over treatment options with you.