What is a Surgical Tooth Extraction?
When a tooth is visible above the gum line and a provider can easily remove it with forceps, the procedure is called a simple extraction. General anesthesia may be administered to make you feel more comfortable and at-ease during the procedure.
If a more volatile tooth has yet to grow in, however, your provider needs to remove gum tissue or bone in order to extract it. This is called a surgical extraction and may require stitches to close the site so that it can heal properly. It is important to closely follow your provider’s aftercare instructions to speed recovery and avoid complications.
Post Extraction Restorative Dental Solutions
The surgical extraction of teeth may sound a bit daunting, but with today’s modern procedures and general anesthesia, you have nothing to worry about. That’s because, although an extraction may be necessary, it doesn’t mean you have to live with missing teeth. Your provider can perform the following restorative dental options to replace an extracted tooth:
- Single Implants
- Multiple Implants
- Implant Retained Dentures
- Standard Dentures
What to Expect with Tooth Extractions
We understand that the idea of having a tooth removed can be distressing and you may have some anxiety about visiting the dentist or oral surgeon because of it. General anesthesia can help make you feel more comfortable and calm during your procedure.
The gums around the area where the tooth was removed will be sore for some time and you will be given specific post-op instructions to ensure optimal healing.
When is a Tooth Extraction Recommended?
There are several reasons why tooth extractions are recommended, including the following:
- Severely damaged teeth
- Impacted teeth (this service is often referred out to an Oral Surgeon)
- Wisdom Teeth (to prevent infection)
- Severely decayed teeth
- Preparation for dental implants
- Preparation for orthodontic treatment
- Treat overcrowding
- Prevent gum disease or an infection from spreading
If the wisdom teeth or impacted teeth in the back of the mouth were removed, you will need to keep the area clean and avoid eating from that side or drinking anything with a straw to protect the area while it heals. Also, if the blood clot forming over the extraction area is dislodged or removed, it can delay healing and increase the risk of infection.
If you are looking for an experienced provider for wisdom teeth removal, tooth extractions before dental implants, or other dentistry treatments, turn to Smiles at Lakewood Ranch for a stress-free experience.
It is important to remember that whether you have impacted teeth or a severely damaged tooth that cannot be saved, getting timely treatment can improve your oral health. Your experienced provider at Smiles at Lakewood Ranch can determine if you need a surgical tooth extraction. For more information, call us at 941-216-3803.
Learn more about cosmetic dentistry at Smiles at Lakewood Ranch
Damage to the jawbone can occur in areas where there are missing teeth. The jawbone can deteriorate and change the facial structure and make it unsuitable for a dental implant. Luckily, today’s technology can repair the inadequate bone in preparation for dental implants through bone grafting, restoring functionality and esthetic appearance.
Botox® is composed of botulinum toxin, a form of a purified protein used to treat a number of cosmetic and dental issues. It is injected into the facial muscles and blocks the nerve transmission to those muscles. As a result, the dynamic motion in the skin is relaxed, allowing wrinkles to smooth and disappear. Common injection sites include the forehead, the area between the eyebrows, the corners of the eyes, and the sides of the chin.
For our patients in the Lakewood Ranch, FL area looking to regain the youthful fullness of their face, dermal fillers are a safe and effective way to decrease the wrinkles around the mouth and eyes, plump the lips, and soften facial creases. A faster and less expensive alternative to a surgical facelift, dermal fillers have a similar effect without the recovery time. Effective and easy, this has become a popular treatment.
While the use of a local anesthetic to prevent pain is sufficient for many dental patients, sedation or general anesthesia may be appropriate to ensure the safe and efficient delivery of dental procedures. Most commonly given by means of an injection or as an inhalant, general anesthesia describes a mixture of potent drugs that are used to induce a sleep-like state. Sedation and general anesthesia are safely and effectively used for thousands of dental procedures each year.
Depending on the dental procedure, your dentist may determine that you only need a relatively small area to be numbed during surgery so that your visit is comfortable and pain-free. There are two kinds of numbing injections
When performing oral procedures that require numbing, dentists employ two kinds of local anesthesia, block injections, which numbs an entire region of your mouth, such as one side of your lower jaw, and infiltration injections, which numb a smaller area.
When a tooth is extracted, the procedure leaves behind a small hole where the tooth once was. This socket can be very sensitive at first, which is why your provider may recommend socket preservation to go along with your extraction.
A socket or alveolar ridge preservation procedure involves placing a bone graft into the socket, where the tooth once was. The goal of socket preservation is to improve the appearance of the remaining teeth and gums and to make the process of getting a dental implant at a later visit less complicated.
Soft Tissue Grafting
Soft tissue grafting is often necessary to combat gum recession. Periodontal disease, trauma, aging, over-brushing, and poor tooth positioning are the leading causes of gum recession, which can lead to tooth-root exposure in severe cases. Recent developments in dental technology have made soft tissue grafting more predictable and less intrusive.
Sometimes trauma, gum disease, cracked or broken teeth, and tooth decay can be too significant, and despite our best efforts to save the tooth, extractions may be the best option. Here at Smiles at Lakewood Ranch, we will make the process as comfortable and pain-free as possible.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Oral health care providers recommend removing wisdom teeth before they become a more difficult and painful problem -- and to avoid a more complicated surgery. Whether your wisdom teeth have emerged or not, we offer a variety of sedation types to meet any need and ensure that your experience is comfortable and pain-free.
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