An extraction is the removal of a tooth from the socket to improve a patient’s oral health. Extractions are done rarely and are always done as a last resort when a tooth cannot be repaired or restored to health.
If a tooth is worsening a patient’s oral health, causing them severe discomfort, or needs to be removed in preparation for necessary dental treatment, the best scenario is to remove it. At Flo Dentistry, we never extract teeth before advising that you explore other restorative treatments first.
Teeth may need to be extracted because of infection, severe tooth decay, gum disease, impaction, or dental trauma, to make extra room for orthodontic treatment, or because the teeth are overcrowded. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Getting immediate care for a dental emergency saves you time and money, prevents further complications, and is the best way to relieve your pain. The sooner you get help, the better!
Dr. Amin will take x-rays to identify the placement of the tooth and look at the condition in the tooth’s deeper layers. Through digital scans, we can identify infections, tooth decay, and other oral health problems and can determine if an extraction is necessary.
Before touching your tooth with any dental tools, we will use numbing agents such as local anesthesia to numb your mouth. If you prefer to be sedated for the extraction, we offer IV sedation and general anesthesia to our patients.
To remove a tooth surgically, an incision is made into the gums to gain access to the hidden tooth. Sometimes there is additional bone blocking the tooth which will be cut. Then, the tooth is sectioned and then removed like a basic extraction.
A dental elevator breaks the ligaments holding the tooth in the socket and then forceps are used to grab it and remove it.
Any incisions will be sutured shut and the socket will be thoroughly cleaned. A gauze will be placed to encourage blood clotting and stop the bleeding.
A basic or simple extraction is the straightforward loosening and removal of a fully erupted tooth. This is typically done when a tooth is too damaged or decayed to be restored or if an infection has progressed to the deepest layers of the tooth.
The only time we can simply loosen and remove a tooth without making any surgical incisions is if the tooth is fully visible above the gum line. A dental elevator is what loosens the tooth in the socket and forceps are used to carefully remove it from the socket.
When a tooth is impacted, we need to make a surgical incision in the gums to gain access to the tooth which is partially or fully trapped behind the gums. There may or may not be additional bone tissue blocking access to the tooth. If this is the case, this will need to be removed.
Most surgical extractions involve dividing the tooth into smaller fragments for easier removal and then the tooth is loosened and removed the same way as a basic extraction.
Surgical extractions are most commonly seen in wisdom teeth. There is usually not enough jaw space for these teeth to fully erupt, trapping them below the gums and causing debilitating pain and other oral health problems.
TMD pain can extend to the neck, ear, face, upper back and shoulders. It can also cause migraines.
When administered by a professional dentist, teeth whitening should not damage your teeth.
Generally, teeth whitening is suitable for anyone with healthy teeth and gums. It is proven to help eliminate stains caused by coffee, tobacco, tetracycline, and many more.
Preventive measures like avoiding drinking and eating foods that can stain can help ensure your teeth last longer.
Unlike typical over-the-counter teeth whitening kits, professional whitening uses more potent formulas to deliver the desired results in a single treatment.
Need to improve your smile through professional teeth whitening? We are ready to help you at Flo Dentistry. Contact us online or call (713) 893-5526 to schedule a consultation.
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