When alternative treatments can no longer save a tooth, an extraction is the only solution to preserve your oral health. At Impressive Smiles Tampa in Tampa, Florida, Robert J. Perez, DDS, performs high-quality tooth extractions to keep your mouth as healthy as possible. To learn more, call Impressive Smiles Tampa or book an appointment online.
A tooth extraction is a dental procedure in which a tooth is completely removed from its socket. While removing a visible tooth is a straightforward procedure, broken teeth, wisdom teeth, and impacted teeth require additional treatment.
There are many reasons Dr. Perez recommends a tooth extraction, such as:
If you have a tooth infection that can’t be treated with antibiotics and a root canal — a procedure in which Dr. Perez cleans out your entire tooth cavity — your overall health may be at risk. Once the infection spreads outside your tooth chamber, it can become life-threatening. You may experience fatigue, dizziness, facial pain, fever, rapid pulse rate, and more. The only way to keep the infection from spreading to other parts of your body is to extract the tooth as soon as possible.
When your wisdom teeth, or third molars, fail to erupt through the gums, they are impacted. This typically means they don’t have enough room to grow, or they’re growing at an angle. The best way to prevent further complications, such as tooth pain, gum inflammation, and tooth abscess, is by removing them altogether.
Not everybody has a large enough mouth to support all their teeth. To ensure that your teeth grow in properly, Dr. Perez may recommend extracting one or more to make room for the rest. This helps keep your adult teeth in proper alignment.
Patients with a compromised immune system, especially those undergoing chemotherapy or an organ transplant, cannot risk a tooth infection. During your routine checkups, Dr. Perez determines if any of your teeth are at risk of infection, so he can extract them preemptively and preserve your oral health.
A tooth extraction requires very little preparation unless you receive special instructions. Before Dr. Perez removes your tooth, he gives you a local anesthetic to numb the pain. However, he may recommend general anesthesia if the procedure is more complex. If the tooth is impacted, he makes an incision in the gums to expose the tooth and extract it.
Once the tooth is removed, Dr. Perez packs the socket with clean gauze and has you bite down to staunch the bleeding. You can take over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers to reduce inflammation and reduce pain over the next few days. If you experience minor swelling, apply an ice pack for 10 minutes at a time.
When you need a tooth extraction, it’s important to find a dentist you can trust. Call Impressive Smiles Tampa or schedule an appointment online to learn more.