In dentistry, the priority is the preservation of dental tissue. However, there are a number of reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted, including advanced decay and trauma. Dr. Gianni Franceschi performs tooth extraction at his New Port Richey, FL, office to resolve health issues and set the stage for restorative solutions such as dental implant-supported restorations. During a consultation, he can determine the best way to meet your needs and restore your smile.
Benefits of Tooth Extraction
Tooth extraction is sometimes the best way to resolve an oral health issue, such as infection. In other cases, extraction is needed to address a tooth that has decayed to the point where it compromises the oral health of the patient. Once removed, patients can benefit from:
- Preservation of surrounding teeth: Infections can spread to surrounding teeth, placing an entire row of teeth in jeopardy. If a root canal cannot save the tooth, extraction becomes necessary.
- Evenly spaced teeth: Extractions can be a remedy for overcrowded teeth, especially for those who are preparing to undergo orthodontic treatment.
- Newfound comfort: Decay, cracks and other forms of damage to your teeth can be painful. Discomfort associated with a damaged tooth will end once the tooth is removed.
- Better oral health: Extensive tooth decay and infections compromise a patient’s overall health. In this case, tooth extraction can prevent more serious complications.
- A more attractive smile: Once your damaged tooth is extracted and a suitable restoration is placed, you can benefit from a more attractive smile.
In dentistry, the priority is the preservation of dental tissue. However, there are a number of reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted, including advanced decay and trauma.
When Is Tooth Extraction Recommended?
Candidates for tooth extraction commonly experience one or more of the following.
- Severely overcrowded teeth
- Advanced periodontal disease
- An impacted tooth (commonly one of the wisdom teeth)
- Dental infection
- Advanced decay
- Damage from trauma that cannot be repaired
Dr. Franceschi will conduct a thorough analysis to determine if tooth extraction or another procedure is the best way to restore your oral health.
What Happens during a Tooth Extraction?
Before your tooth extraction, Dr. Franceschi administers local anesthesia near the compromised tooth. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Franceschi will use a special tool to gently loosen and remove the tooth. If the tooth is impacted, incisions may need to be made in the gum or bone tissue. Large teeth may need to be broken and removed in pieces to prevent damage to surrounding tissue. If incisions are made, Dr. Franceschi will use sutures to close the wounds. Gauze will be applied to the extraction site to stop bleeding. The wound will heal over the next few days. Recovery usually takes about one week.
After your tooth extraction, you should:
- Rest for 24 hours and limit activity on day two
- Follow Dr. Franceschi’s recovery advice strictly
- Eat soft foods
- Avoid any activities (spitting, rinsing) that could dislodge the clot that has formed in your socket
- Elevate your head when sleeping
Contact Our Office Today
Tooth extractions are a common and safe procedure that can improve your oral health. To learn more about this procedure, or to schedule a consultation, contact our office online or call (727) 376-6969.
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