Protect Your Oral Health with a Tooth Extraction
As dental professionals, we always strive to preserve teeth when possible. There are some instances, however, when tooth extraction is necessary to eliminate infection and protect your overall oral health. At our Vero Beach, FL practice, Dr. Alex Planes uses gentle extraction techniques and sedation options – including nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation – to keep patients comfortable during their procedure.
Dr. Planes takes part in continuing education and is a member of organizations including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. When you choose our practice, you can expect the highest quality of care available.
If you have a toothache or dental discomfort, schedule an appointment right away. Delaying necessary care can have a serious negative impact on your oral health.
Benefits of Tooth Extraction
In some instances, tooth extraction offers a number of benefits. For example, removing a problematic tooth can provide instant relief, especially if a painful dental abscess has developed. Extraction helps halt the progression of bacterial infection and prevents damage to the surrounding teeth and supporting jawbone. Without prompt attention, an infection can spread, resulting in a host of additional problems. Meanwhile, removing a fractured, infected, or decayed tooth can improve overall oral health and prepare patients for restorative treatment.
When Is Tooth Extraction Necessary?
In general, extraction is recommended when a tooth is too badly damaged to be saved. You may need a tooth extraction if:
- There is visible, significant swelling along the jaw.
- You have a severe, persistent toothache.
- Your tooth is suddenly extremely sensitive to heat, cold, or sweets.
- One or more wisdom teeth are impacted.
- You have sustained blunt force trauma due to an accident or sports-related injury.
- Your dentist needs to create more space in the jaw prior to orthodontic treatment.
Tooth Extraction Procedure
In most cases, Dr. Planes can complete a tooth extraction procedure in less than one hour. To begin the process, local anesthesia is administered. This numbs the affected tooth and the surrounding tissues, keeping you comfortable during treatment. If you opt for sedation, these medications will be given at this time.
Using a special dental instrument, Dr. Planes will carefully free the tooth from its socket. If necessary, sutures are placed. Finally, a gauze pack is applied to the treatment area to reduce bleeding and help promote blood clot formation.
To foster a comfortable recovery, follow all recommended guidelines provided by Dr. Planes and our dental team.
Contact Planes Dental Arts
If you have a toothache or dental discomfort, schedule an appointment right away. Delaying necessary care can have a serious negative impact on your oral health. In addition to offering in-house promotions, we also accept CareCredit® financing to help patients afford their treatment. Contact us online anytime or call one of our office locations for more information.