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Dental Extraction Procedure
People in grave need of dental care often avoid the dental office. This can be due to fear, inadequate finances, and a plethora of other reasons. As time goes on, this allows for manageable issues to, unfortunately, grow worse. When small problems persist for long periods of time, dental extraction is necessary.
Miami’s Dr. Andres de Cardenas and his team of caring, concerned professionals want you to know that when you enter their office for anything from a simple extraction to complex dental surgery, we look at you as part of our family. Dr. de Cardenas wants everyone in his family to possess their natural, healthy, full mouth of teeth for as long as possible. However, some teeth can be too damaged or decayed beyond saving. Under these circumstances, Dr. de Cardenas recommends that the patient receive a tooth extraction.
What is a Dental Extraction?
The term extraction in dentistry refers to the removal of a rooted tooth, or multiple teeth by surgery. This surgery is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or dentist like Dr. de Cardenas. Extracting a broken tooth is a straightforward procedure. However, some patients require a full mouth extraction to remedy multiple teeth issues. Depending on your individual case, and the number of teeth that need to be removed, a local or general anesthetic is utilized. IV sedation is also employed for more serious cases of broken teeth.
Once a tooth is removed, any bleeding or discomfort is managed. The body will form a blood clot naturally in the area where the tooth resided as a part of the healing process. Once the clot is removed during the post-operative procedure, the patient is left with a dry socket. The recovery from dental extraction is normally brief, ranging from a day or two up to a few weeks. Pain can be managed with some mild medication and an ice pack. As always, if there are any problems or concerns, Dr. de Cardenas and his staff are readily available to assist you.
Types of Dental Extraction Procedures:
- A Simple Tooth Removal: During a simple tooth extraction, the dentist loosens the visible tooth with an elevator. The specialist removes the tooth with forceps. The elevator is employed to break the periodontal ligament. As a result, the tooth loosens, allowing its extraction from the socket.
- A Surgical Tooth Removal: During a surgical extraction, an incision is made into your gum by the oral surgeon. This is a more complex procedure that is needed when a tooth breaks at the gum line or has not protruded through the gum.
During your tooth extraction, you can expect to feel pressure, but no pain. For a simple tooth removal, a dentist will apply a local anesthetic. For surgical removal, the local anesthetic is combined with anesthesia either gas or through IV sedation in a vein.
When Can’t a Tooth be Saved?
A tooth is removed due to trauma, disease, or crowding. This regards primarily broken teeth, not concerning wisdom teeth or extractions for other reasons. When a tooth is unable to be repaired through a filling, crown, or other dental augmentation due to an accident or extensive decay, a full extraction is the only recourse. This recommendation is due to teeth’s lack of support by bone in the jaw in addition to abscessed teeth. A patient with these afflictions is an ideal candidate for dental extraction.
Care after Extraction
During the period after a full extraction, care for remaining teeth is crucial. It is critical to keep the area where the tooth was removed clean and sterile. This prevents infection of the removed tooth’s socket. In the 24 hours after a dental extraction, do not use tobacco products, or consume sugary beverages. Thoroughly rinse and clean your mouth, drink a lot of water, and clean any teeth near the extraction location.
Are You In Need of Tooth Extractions?
Do you have a severely damaged or decaying tooth? Are there several broken teeth that prevent your mouth from functioning properly? Miami’s Dr. Andres de Cardenas invites you to schedule an appointment with his dental office.
During your initial consultation, Dr. de Cardenas will discuss your situation and use the acquired information to formulate the best possible treatment for your needs. Dr. Andy, as he likes to be called, enjoys educating patients on their situations, and helping cultivate optimal solutions.
For more information on your dental care options, full mouth extraction, or any other dental treatment, contact our team today. Dr. de Cardenas can educate you on tooth extraction. He will also help you move towards better dental health, better overall health, and a more attractive smile. Come in, talk to Dr. Andy, and experience the difference between being treated as a patient, and being a member of our family.