Quick and Painless Tooth Extraction
No one wants to hear they need a tooth removed, but sometimes it’s the only option to preserve your oral health. There are many reasons you may need an extraction, but rest assured that the dental professionals at Franklin A. Landers, D.D.S. will make your procedure painless and stress-free.
Dr. Landers and our skilled dental team will ensure that you’re comfortable and relaxed during the entire process. Read on to learn more about extractions and when you may need one.
Reasons for Extraction
Some common reasons for tooth extractions include:
- Decayed or Damaged Teeth: If damage or decay reaches the tooth’s root, an extraction may be necessary to prevent infection.
- Severely Overcrowded Teeth: Extracting one or more teeth from an overcrowded mouth can help promote proper alignment.
Impacted Teeth: Teeth that have failed to erupt can cause significant discomfort. Removing them can help to relieve that pain.
- Advanced Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Gum disease can lead to the deterioration of teeth, which can cause them to fall out. Removing affected teeth before they fall out can help reduce the chance of infection.
- Preparation for Orthodontic Treatment: Certain orthodontic treatments may require having one or more teeth removed beforehand to ensure a successful treatment.
General Tooth Extraction Process
Dr. Landers will begin by administering a local anesthetic to the targeted tooth and surrounding areas, ensuring you won’t feel a thing during the procedure. A member of our dental team will be present during the extraction to monitor your comfort.
Following this, Dr. Landers will gently expand the socket of your tooth to better access and remove the tooth from its ligament. In the case of impacted teeth, Dr. Landers will make a small incision in your gums before extraction.
Some teeth require sectioning, which is necessary when a tooth is firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved. This means the socket can’t expand enough to remove the tooth. In this case, Dr. Landers will simply cut the tooth into sections, then remove each section one at a time.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
After a tooth is extracted, you may experience mild pain and swelling. Typically, any discomfort will subside after about 48 hours. You can use a cold compress and pain medications as prescribed to manage the pain. If Dr. Landers prescribes antibiotics, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if the signs and symptoms of infection are gone.
It’s important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours, including brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day. This will speed the healing process and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.
You’ll likely be able to resume your daily activities after a few days. However, if you experience heavy bleeding, continued swelling, or severe pain, it may be a sign of a problem. Contact our Boynton Beach office immediately by calling (561) 736-2122 to schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Typically, extractions can be completed in one visit to our Boynton Beach office. The length of your procedure will depend on the number of teeth that must be removed. Dr. Landers will provide you with an estimated treatment timeline during your initial consultation.
For a few days after your extraction, you should avoid foods that may damage or irritate the surgical site. This includes spicy, crunchy, chewy, and hard foods, to name a few. It’s also essential to avoid hot beverages such as coffee or tea.
Some foods that you can have after a tooth extraction include:
- Scrambled eggs
- Juices and smoothies
- Yogurt and pudding
- Blended soups and broth
- Mashed potatoes
Many patients assume tooth extractions are painful, but this isn’t the case. Dr. Landers will administer a local anesthetic before beginning the procedure so you won’t feel any pain. A member of our dental team will also monitor you throughout the extraction process to ensure you’re comfortable.
You may experience mild pain once the numbness wears off, but this can be easily managed with cold compresses and prescribed pain medications.
Need a Tooth Removed?
Tooth extractions may seem intimidating, but Dr. Landers and our experienced dental team will ensure your procedure is painless and stress-free. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Landers, contact our Boynton Beach office at (561) 736-2122. You can also fill out a contact form and a team member will be with you shortly.