Tooth extraction refers to the removal of a damaged or decayed tooth to prevent the spread of infection or disease. Once we lose our baby teeth, our “adult teeth” are meant to last a lifetime. Unfortunately, some don’t quite make it there. There are a variety of reasons people may need to have a tooth extracted here in St. Petersburg and Largo, mostly stemming from decayed, damaged, or abscessed teeth.
Common Causes for Tooth Extractions
If a tooth has become badly damaged, whether it be from trauma or infection, it is important you visit a local dentist in Largo or St. Petersburg as soon as possible. While some infected teeth can be saved through RCT (Root Canal Therapy), this is not always the case. Below are some reasons why a dentist may suggest tooth extraction:
Overly Crowded Mouth: When teeth become too crowded, it can cause not only misalignment and crookedness, but uncomfortable pain in your jaw. The more crowded your teeth are, the more difficult it can be to reach certain areas to properly clean them. This can also sometimes lead to gum disease and infection. Many people who experience an overly crowded mouth do so when their wisdom teeth begin to grow, which is why most have theirs removed by the age of 25.
Infections: The pulp, or center, of a tooth is the area that contains sensitive nerves and blood vessels. When a decaying tooth is left untreated, it can cause a wide variety of issues that are likely to lead to infection. When a tooth becomes infected, bacteria can enter and lead to severe dental issues.
Gum Disease: When there is too much plaque buildup on the teeth, it can cause gums to become inflamed (which is why people with gingivitis sometimes experience bleeding while brushing). If gone untreated, this can lead to periodontitis, which is the term given when the inner comes out and bones begin to pull away from the teeth and form pockets that are highly susceptible to bacteria and infection. This can lead to the loosening of some teeth, which may ultimately need to be removed.
How the Procedure Works
Tooth extraction procedures must be done by experienced and trained oral surgeons. Typically, a local anesthesia is injected to numb the problem area and its surrounding parts. In more severe cases, patients may be put completely under during the procedure.
Once the tooth is removed, it leaves behind an empty area, known as the socket. If not adequately cared for, this can lead to a painful condition known as “dry socket,” and may require stitches. Depending on your health, there is a chance your dentist puts you on antibiotics before the procedure to minimize the risk of infection.
Painkillers are often prescribed following a tooth extraction procedure. Post-treatment care includes icing the area and limited activity. You will need to rinse the area after 24 hours has passed with salt and water, and refrain from smoking.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you need a tooth extraction, or want to schedule a consultation with an experienced and gentle dentist in Largo or St. Petersburg, give the Dolphin Dental office a call today at 727-393-9334.