When dental decay, disease, or damage is extensive, or goes untreated for too long, tooth extraction may be required. At our Tampa, FL, (Tampa Bay Area Florida Offices) oral surgery practice, we make your comfort and safety our top priorities during this and all procedures we provide.
Our doctors are among the leading oral maxillofacial surgeons in the country, and have a wealth of experience and knowledge in preserving the health of your smile. If you have suffered damage or extensive decay to one or more of your teeth, contact our office today to make an appointment.
When to Consider Tooth Extraction
Certain conditions may indicate the need for an extraction over other treatment options:
Infection – When damage to a tooth has progressed beyond the point that root canal therapy or other treatments can not save it, an extraction may be necessary to prevent the spread of the infection to the surrounding tissues of the mouth.
Overcrowding – A tooth may require extraction if there is not enough room to properly erupt above the gum line without disrupting the alignment of surrounding teeth.
Periodontal Disease – If advanced periodontal disease has weakened the supporting tissues of your gums and jawbone, a tooth extraction may be necessary.
Wisdom Teeth – The third molars can often erupt at an awkward angle and affect the alignment of the rest of your teeth. Some fail to erupt at all, instead damaging the tissues of the jaw. Wisdom tooth removal is recommended for adults aged 15-24 to preserve their oral health.
If you suffer from any of these conditions, or believe that you may have a damaged or diseased tooth in need of extraction, speak with our team. If extraction is the best treatment option, we can discuss how we can fully restore your oral health with dental implants.
The Tooth Extraction Procedure
Our practice offers different sedation dentistry options to ensure your comfort during treatment. Nitrous oxide, oral sedatives, and intravenous (IV) sedation all provide conscious sedation. You will be awake and able to respond to commands, but in a state of deep relaxation. With these sedatives, you probably will not remember much, if anything, from your procedure. For patients who require a higher degree of sedation, our doctors are also licensed and certified to administer general anesthesia, which will render you unconscious during treatment.
Once you have been sedated, the extraction can take place. Some extraction procedures are simple and relatively straightforward. For example, your oral surgeon may only need to grasp the visible portion of the tooth with a dental instrument and gently rock it back and forth to dislocate the connective ligaments. If a tooth is broken or has not fully erupted through the gums, it may require more advanced techniques. If this is the case, your surgeon will lift the gum tissue to gain access to the tooth and remove all areas of damage or disease.
If you have teeth that are damaged or decayed, and would like an experienced oral surgeon to assess the need for an extraction, please contact us today to schedule a consultation at our Palm Harbor, Trinity, or Spring Hill location.