Do You Need a Tooth Extraction?

Among the many dental procedures St. Petersburg patients are often weary of having to undergo, a tooth extraction tops the list. Getting a tooth pulled gets a pretty bad rap, since most people assume it is going to be a grizzly, painful procedure. But at Dolphin Dental we are correcting that misconception, one patient at a time.

Why Would I Need It?

Most people will have to undergo a tooth extraction procedure when their wisdom teeth start growing in, as failing to do so can lead to impaction and other problems. However there are a number of other reasons you might need one, such as:

  • Crowded mouth: In order to have healthy and properly aligned teeth, there needs to be enough room in your mouth. When your teeth become too crowded, in addition to a crooked smile, it can cause chipping and breaks.
  • Infection: Usually caused by decaying teeth, when harmful bacteria of a damaged tooth reaches the pulp—the center of the tooth that contains all the blood vessels and nerves—it will likely cause an infection. These infections are dangerous and often painful, and while some may can be fixed through Root Canal Therapy (RCT) or antibiotic medications, sometimes the damage is too much to save and a full removal will be necessary to prevent the infection from spreading.
  • Gum Disease: If an infection invades the tissues or bones supporting your teeth, it can cause your teeth to loosen and lead to periodontal disease.

When it comes to tooth extraction, it is absolutely imperative you consult with a qualified and experienced family dentist in St. Petersburg who you know will use only the best, safest, gentlest methods.

What to Expect
When you come to our dental office in St. Petersburg for your initial visit, you will get a thorough and complete evaluation, including x-rays, to examine the roots and surrounding bones in your mouth. This is when we will also begin the prep-stage of the tooth extraction process.

During the actual procedure, the area will be completely numbed with an aesthetic—though it is normal to experience some mild pressure. The whole process will only take about an hour or two to complete—depending on the specific intensity of your situation.

After the tooth extraction has been completed, you will be sent home with specific, detailed instructions on how to care for it and how to avoid “dry socket.” We will offer on-going support and guidance for controlling the bleeding, reducing swelling and inflammation, and relieving pain and discomfort.

If you suspect you need to have a tooth extracted in the St. Petersburg area, give us a call at Dolphin Dental today to make an appointment: 727-393-9334.

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