While our dental team at SEDA Dental of Pinecrest makes every effort to save and preserve your natural teeth, there are cases where a tooth or teeth may need to be extracted. A simple extraction removes a tooth that is visible above the gumline. This is typically used for a tooth that is damaged or decayed beyond repair. A surgical extraction removes a tooth that has not erupted above the gumline. Surgical extractions are most commonly done to remove the wisdom teeth and impacted teeth that do not have enough room to fit into your smile. Whatever the reason for getting a tooth extraction at SEDA Dental of Pinecrest, our team will treat you with the best care. Our Pinecrest, FL office offers different sedation techniques, like nitrous oxide and oral-conscious sedation, and that means you can remain calm and comfortable during your procedure. Contact our team for more information or to schedule an exam to improve your oral health.
If your tooth has been broken or damaged from decay, we will make every effort to repair it with bonding, a filling, or a crown. However, a tooth may be too damaged and will need to be extracted to prevent the decay from spreading — and to save the health of the remaining teeth. You may also need a dental extraction to remove teeth that cannot fit in your mouth. This includes your third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth that develop around the ages of 17 – 21. In older children, baby teeth that have not fallen out naturally may need to be pulled so they do not block the permanent teeth. If you are getting braces or considering Invisalign, you may need a tooth extraction to make room for other teeth as they move into their proper position.
What To Expect
Extractions are performed in our office with local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth being removed. Other forms of sedation may be used, depending on the extent of the procedure and to help keep you relaxed if you have any dental anxieties. Once you are ready, we will begin the procedure. For a simple extraction, we will loosen the tooth with a special device known as an elevator before removing the tooth. A surgical extraction involves making incisions in your gums to reach the tooth. If needed, the tooth may be broken into smaller pieces so it can be removed. Once the tooth is removed, we will close the incision in the gums. Antibiotics may be prescribed to be taken before and after the procedure — in case you have a current infection, if your immune system is weak, if the procedure is extended, or if you have other specific medical conditions.
Depending on the sedation used during your extraction, you may need to have a responsible adult drive you home. While your mouth heals, you should avoid spitting, smoking, and using straws. Your recovery process will vary, depending on the complexity of your extraction, but most patients prefer to eat soft, cool food for the first few days after the extraction. We will talk to you about what to expect during your recovery and how to care for your mouth. Your mouth will be swollen after the extraction so we recommend cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication. In some cases, a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics may be given. In addition to any suggested follow-up visits, you should continue to schedule appointments at SEDA Dental of Pinecrest for dental exams and cleanings so we can monitor your oral health after an extraction.
A tooth extraction is usually covered by dental insurance, but your sedation method may or may not be fully covered. Before your procedure, we will contact your insurance provider to determine your specific coverage and estimate your costs. If you do not have dental insurance, we can talk to you about the many payment methods we accept along with information on medical financing.
Simple and Surgical Extraction
Whether you have a tooth that is damaged or if your mouth does not have room for a new tooth, a dental extraction at SEDA Dental of Pinecrest can help improve your smile and oral health. Schedule an appointment at our office in Pinecrest, FL to learn more about simple and surgical tooth extractions. If you have dental anxieties or fears, ask about sedation options to help keep you calm and relaxed during your procedure.