Sarasota Dental Arts

How Do You Know When It's Time to Extract a Tooth?

August 31, 2018
Posted By: Kaya Aygen, D.M.D.
Guy Thinking | Sarasota Dental Arts

Removing a tooth is something that we only recommend as a last resort, and it's also a decision we take very seriously. When tooth extraction is diagnosed, it is usually because the tooth cannot be preserved and should be removed to protect your oral health. Here's what you should know about having a tooth extraction in Sarasota, FL.

When is an Extraction Recommended?

There are certain situations in which extractions are the best option such as:

  • Deep decay that reaches into the nerve of the tooth
  • A severely broken or fractured tooth
  • Orthodontic treatment - for patients with severe crowding, extractions before braces may be recommended
  • Wisdom teeth

The Extraction Process

There are two types of extractions - simple and surgical. A simple extraction is straightforward and performed when the tooth can be removed whole above the gum.

A surgical extraction is needed when the tooth is broken or stuck below the gum line. This type of extraction may require sutures.

During both types of procedures, Dr. Aygen will ensure that you are numb and comfortable so that all you feel during your procedure is slight pressure. Dental sedation is also an option for patients who require deeper relaxation to complete their procedure.

After Care

Our team at Sarasota Dental Arts is here to help you every step of the way during your dental extraction, including your recovery process. We will give you specific instructions to follow to make your recovery smooth and comfortable, and Dr. Aygen will prescribe pain medication that you can take as needed. You can always feel free to contact our office if you have questions about your recovery.

Tooth Replacement

If we are extracting a tooth for reasons other than orthodontics or a wisdom tooth, it is a good idea to think about replacing that tooth as soon as possible to avoid teeth shifting or bone loss. Dr. Aygen can discuss your options with you and help you determine the best way to protect your oral health. Give Sarasota Dental Arts a call today to learn more.

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