Family Dental Care
General and Cosmetic Dentistry & Emergency Dentists located in West Palm Beach, FL
Keeping all your teeth is always the goal, but sometimes removing a tooth is the best option for your oral health. Michael C. Westcott, DDS, and Sujay Trivedi, DMD, at Family Dental Care in West Palm Beach, Florida, are experienced in tooth extractions. Whether you have damaged teeth beyond repair or need your wisdom teeth removed, call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.
Tooth Extractions Q & A
What are tooth extractions?
A tooth extraction is a common dental procedure that involves removing a tooth. Protecting and preserving your teeth is the goal of dental care, but sometimes a tooth is too damaged or problematic to remain in your mouth. Common reasons Family Dental Care may remove teeth include:
- Remove the source of infection
- Prevent the spread of infection
- Relieve pain
- Prevent bone deterioration
- Relieve dental overcrowding
- Remove impacted or trapped teeth
- Prepare for dentures or bridges
The dental team may recommend a tooth extraction when it’s the best course of action for your overall oral health needs. Removing teeth may also be a step in a smile makeover or full mouth rehabilitation.
Why do I need a wisdom tooth extraction?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to emerge, and they often become impacted or trapped under the bone, grow in at an angle, or are in the wrong position. You may need one or more of your wisdom teeth removed if other teeth block it from erupting.
What should I expect during a tooth extraction?
Prior to a tooth extraction appointment, the Family Dental Care team takes digital X-rays, creates a surgical plan, and answers questions you have about the procedure.
At the start of your tooth extraction, your dentist numbs the tooth and gums surrounding the tooth to ensure your comfort. Using forceps, the tooth is removed. Gauze is packed into the open space to prevent bleeding and encourage healing. You may wish to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.
Will I have pain after a tooth extraction?
After the numbing medication wears off you may experience slight discomfort or pain.
Over-the-counter pain relievers can help maintain your comfort. The dental team provides detailed instructions for caring for your extraction site and how to recognize signs of complications or infection.
In most cases, you should rest for about 48 hours after a tooth extraction to give the treatment area time to clot before resuming normal physical activities. The soft tissue heals in three to four weeks.
To discuss or schedule your tooth extraction, call Family Dental Care or book an appointment online today.