Tooth Extractions – Jacksonville, FL
Removing Troubled Teeth For a Healthier Smile
No matter what kind of oral health problems our patients are facing, we carefully weigh all the factors involved so we can recommend the best treatment for their oral health. Although a tooth extraction is usually a last resort, sometimes it’s necessary for you to move forward with a healthy smile. Our experienced dentists, Dr. Bradberry and Dr. Baxter, make your comfort a top priority throughout the entire procedure and also offer sedation dentistry to make it stress-free. If you think you may need a tooth extraction, don’t hesitate to give our office a call so we can create a treatment plan that’s right for you!
Why Choose North Jacksonville Complete Dentistry For Tooth Extractions?
- We Put Even the Most Fearful Patients At Ease
- Oral Sedation Available Upon Request
- Gentle, Reassuring Chairside Manner
Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction in Jacksonville may be necessary if you have any of the following issues:
- A cavity or fracture has destroyed most of your tooth’s structure, leaving it unable to support a simple dental filling or crown
- As preparation for dentures
- If you have overcrowding (especially before orthodontic treatment)
- Wisdom teeth that are impacted or don’t have enough room to come in
- Advanced stages of gum disease in which the teeth have become loose
Different Types of Tooth Extractions
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
The vast majority of people need to have their wisdom teeth taken out because they simply don’t have enough room for them. That can lead to multiple problems, including oral infections, cysts in the jaws, sinus problems, and alignment issues with the other teeth.
Even in cases where the wisdom teeth aren’t currently causing problems, there’s a good chance they will down the road, so extractions are a proactive way to prevent more serious problems later on.
Multiple Tooth Extractions
In some cases, more than one tooth needs to be extracted at the same time. This may be due to several reasons such as heredity, extensive cavities, trauma, or overcrowding.
Depending on your situation, we’ll also discuss any appropriate treatment options that may apply after your extractions such as dental implants.
Extraction Site Preservation
Dental implants are a wonderful replacement option after tooth loss because they look and feel incredibly natural. However, an extraction can leave the jawbone in the area too thin or weak to support an implant.
With extraction site preservation, we can strengthen the jawbone at the same time as the extraction by placing a grafting material in the area afterward. This will ensure that it’s healthy enough to support an implant in the future.
Lastly, we’ll discuss post-operative instructions for caring for the extraction site at home, including:
- Plan to take at least a couple of days off from work or school to heal
- Eat soft foods and chew on the opposite side of the extraction
- We’ll discuss pain medication at your visit – be sure to take it as directed
- Don’t use a straw for the first 2-3 days
- Avoid carbonated or hot beverages
- Continue to brush and floss, but don’t directly brush the extraction area itself
Finally, don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions or concerns. We’re here to help the healing process go as smoothly as possible!
Tooth Extraction FAQs
Many patients feel a bit nervous about removing a tooth, even when it’s badly damaged or decayed. We understand! To help you feel more at ease before your dental extraction, our team has answered some of the most common questions about tooth removal below. If you have further questions or concerns about tooth extractions in Jacksonville, do not hesitate to contact our office!
Does Getting a Tooth Extracted Hurt?
Many patients are hesitant to commit to tooth removal because they are afraid it will hurt. However, our experienced dentists will make your comfort the top priority throughout the procedure. Whether you are getting one tooth pulled or multiple, the first step it always the same: numbing your mouth. In addition, sedation dentistry is available upon request.
After getting a tooth removed, you will likely experience some mild soreness for a couple days. Taking over-the-counter or prescription pain medication as directed by your dentist can help manage any discomfort. If your pain worsens instead of gradually going away, then get in touch with your dental team right away.
Can I Leave the Space Empty After a Tooth Extraction?
Many patients who get a tooth pulled toward the back of the mouth think it’s not important to have it replaced. After all, if no one will notice the missing tooth, then who cares? However, in reality, your teeth do so much more than just create a beautiful smile. Each tooth plays an important role in enabling you to chew properly and enunciate when speaking. Even one missing back tooth can make it difficult to chew, which can lead to poor nutrition and indigestion. Meanwhile, missing a tooth toward the front of your mouth can cause a lisp. Nearby remaining teeth can also shift into the space left by a missing tooth, leading to bite problems. All of these issues are good reasons to talk to your dentist about how to replace your tooth after an extraction.
Can I Smoke After Getting a Tooth Extracted?
Smoking cigars, cigarettes, and even e-cigarettes can all delay the healing process. For this reason, you should avoid any form of tobacco use immediately following a tooth extraction. If you can, avoid smoking for a minimum of five days afterwards, or two weeks if possible. If you are interested in strategies to quit or pause smoking, don’t hesitate to talk with your dentist. They can help you prepare in advance for how to manage your tobacco habit following a tooth extraction in Jacksonville.
What Risks Are Involved with Tooth Extractions?
Fortunately, both regular tooth removal and affordable wisdom teeth extraction in Jacksonville are considered to be extremely safe. With that being said, any type of oral surgery comes with some risks. Two common complications following tooth extractions include:
- Dry socket – A painful condition that occurs when the blood clot that fills the void left by the extracted tooth becomes dislodged. The clot protects the extraction site while the mouth is healing. When it becomes dislodged, the underlying nerves and bone are exposed.
- Infection in the mouth – There is always a chance that bacteria enters the body after oral surgery and causes an infection. Some signs of an oral infection include bad breath, fever, sensitivity to hot and cold, and swelling or tenderness in the gums, neck, or jaw.
To prevent either of these scenarios from happening, be sure to follow the aftercare instructions Dr. Bradberry provides you.