Tooth extractions are usually a routine, minor procedure. It's difficulty is based on the location of the tooth that is being removed. For instance, a tooth in the front of the mouth that has a single straight root is easier to remove than a molar in the back that has several roots. Meanwhile, an impacted wisdom tooth that is below the surface of the gum is most difficult to remove. Depending on your individual case, Dr. Masone may either be able to loosen and remove the tooth whole, or he may need to make an incision in the gum or
bone to expose the tooth. For complex cases, we may refer you to an oral surgeon or another specialist.
You may not realize it, but your teeth are actually only attached to your jaw bone with fibers that can be carefully loosened to free the tooth. So, regardless of the level of difficulty, tooth extractions are a common occurrence that we can easily help you with. Dr. Masone has over 35 years of experience in performing tooth extraction procedures for patients of all ages.
When You Need A Tooth Extraction
Tooth extractions happen for a variety of reasons. If your Dr. Masone determines an extraction is your best treatment option, he will be sure to discuss the details and fully explain why you need the procedure. These reasons may include:
Preparing the mouth for bridges, implants, dentures,
Making room in a crowded mouth, often in preparation for orthodontic treatment
A damaged tooth that cannot be repaired
Impaction or erupting at an irregular growth or angle
Advanced gum disease is present
Of course, Dr. Masone always strives to save damaged teeth and will take every appropriate measure to meet this goal.
How Your Tooth Will Be Extracted
Dr. Masone is highly trained and experienced to perform extractions as efficiently and comfortably as possible. At Denture & Dental Services, we will walk you through each step of the extraction process including:
X-rays. We will take X-rays of your teeth to determine the exact position of the tooth’s roots and to find out what kind of condition the bone around the tooth is in. These X-rays will be used to foresee any potential challenges with your extraction.
Medical History. Dr. Masone and his staff will review your medical history to make sure you are healthy enough for the procedure and discuss anesthesia options with you. Then your appointment will be set.
Maximum Comfort. At your appointment, Dr. Masone will numb the tooth, jaw bone, and the gums around the area with local anesthesia. During the procedure, you may feel pressure, but without pain. This pressure is simply part of the process of removing your tooth. Throughout the process, we will make every reasonable effort to keep you as comfortable as possible.
Extraction. Dr. Masone will carefully loosen the tendon fibers around your tooth, being careful to make sure that the bone surrounding your tooth is not damaged.
Recovery. Your recovery time should be minimal at Denture & Dental Services. Immediately after the tooth extraction, Dr. Masone will apply pressure with sterile gauze for 10 - 20 minutes to control any bleeding. A few small stitches may also be utilized. In most cases, you will want to have someone drive you home and take it easy immediately after your extraction.
At Home. Before you go home, we will give you detailed instructions for dealing with inflammation or discomfort. Dr. Masone may prescribe antibiotics to enhance healing and make sure that your tooth extraction doesn’t result in infection. Patients routinely encounter some mild swelling or irritation after a tooth extraction. You may want to take ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory drugs to ease this discomfort. You may also want to use ice packs on the outside of your jaw and eat softer foods until the discomfort subsides. Recovery time after tooth extraction is unique to each patient, but many people can go back to their normal routines within a few days of the procedure.
Follow-Up Care & Maintenance
Extracting a troublesome or damaged tooth is sometimes necessary for your dental health, but it is also important to follow up with restorative treatment options. Without further action, your remaining teeth will begin to shift out of place, and your jawbone could atrophy. The space created by the removal of a tooth can lead to shifting teeth, which can alter your bite alignment and the appearance of your smile. Removing a tooth can also lead to problems with your ability to chew or speak clearly. With this in mind, Dr. Masone will discuss your options if you choose to get the tooth extracted. We will help you decide what treatment may be the best for
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Get the quality you deserve at the price you can afford. The experts at Denture and Dental Services in Destin will present you with your options to help you choose the denture that is best suited to your individual needs and lifestyle. We want to make the life-changing, long-lasting benefits of restorative and cosmetic dentistry accessible.
Our team of dedicated professionals will work closely with you to design a treatment that suits your needs, budget, and end goals. Going to the dentist is an investment in time and money, and we want you to be thrilled with your final outcome. We will explain all your options and their advantages and drawbacks. At Denture & Dental Services, we will work hard to deliver a result that goes above and beyond your expectations!
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