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…but there are times when the damage to or position of a tooth is so severe that there is no other option but to perform an extraction. In cases like this, Dr. Charmaine Johnson and her team at Premier Smile Center work diligently to deliver skilled, gentle tooth extractions.
When a tooth is so damaged that there is no way to successfully restore it, a tooth extraction is necessary. Every adult tooth has an established root system that must also be extracted along with the crown of the tooth. The complete removal of this system is critical to prevent infection or other negative side effects, especially when the problem tooth is already decayed or severely compromised.
The most common reasons for tooth extraction include:
Tooth extractions are a routine procedure but can be a labor-intensive process for your dentist. The physical extraction of the tooth is the first part of the procedure, while the second part involves the removal of any infected tissues, washing of the socket, and a thorough elimination of any bone or tooth fragments before the surgical site is closed.
Wisdom teeth are the third molars that erupt in the very back of the mouth, usually in the late teens or early twenties. Most people do not have room in their mouth to accommodate the development of these teeth. In many cases, wisdom teeth erupt incorrectly or at an angle (impacted), which is painful and potentially damaging to the rest of the mouth. Poorly erupted wisdom teeth can result in bite misalignment, crowding, tooth or jaw damage, infection, and even decay.
Gentle wisdom tooth extraction for non-impacted wisdom teeth is recommended for many patients so they can avoid jaw pain, swelling, infection, sensitivity, and stiffness – all the symptoms that can develop when wisdom teeth become impacted.
After a tooth is extracted, a small amount of bone graft material is placed to preserve the socket and prevent bone resorption. This also sets the tooth up for a future dental restoration to replace the missing tooth.
Once the site of extraction has healed, you can discuss restoration options with your Fort Lauderdale dentist and pursue a replacement for the missing tooth. You always want to replace a missing tooth to protect the health and position of the surrounding teeth, maintain face shape, and keep teeth fully functional. Repairs include:
At Premier Smile Center, we perform gentle tooth extractions and have multiple ways to help keep patients comfortable during the procedure. Oral sedation and laughing gas, along with numbing agents, allow for comfort during an extraction and minimize dental anxiety.
2717 E Oakland Park Blvd.
Ste 100, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306