Not all teeth can be saved. At the dental office of John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA, we offer tooth extraction in order to prevent further damage and infection. Tooth extraction is generally a last resort, and our West Palm Beach dental team will attempt to save your teeth and oral health before making the choice to remove a tooth in order to prevent damaging your oral health.
Irreparable damage to a tooth necessitates its extraction. Impact trauma and periodontal disease may also necessitate tooth extractions. While we hope to avoid removing a tooth when we can, certain problems may arise which require dental extraction. Severe infections and decay, tooth crowding, supernumerary teeth, and needing dentures are all reasons why dental extractions are performed.
Dental extractions are usually done under local anesthetics but may require general anesthesia if several teeth are being extracted. Anesthetics will make a dental extraction virtually pain-free, but you may still feel pressure during the procedure. Once the tooth is removed, the area may be stitched, or another procedure may be performed. Some teeth may need to be sectioned before being removed, meaning that the tooth is cut and each section is taken out piecemeal. This is done when the tooth is more difficult to remove because of the way it is shaped or because it is anchored too strongly. Implants, dentures, and dental bridges may be placed once a tooth is extracted. If you struggle with supernumerary teeth or crowding, dental shifting may not be a problem. However, in most cases, it is important to replace a missing tooth as even one missing tooth can lead to shifting. Shifting can lead to further complications in your mouth and face. Our dental team will be happy to go over the procedure in depth with you at your appointment as well as explain the proper post-extraction care and any dietary restrictions you may have.
If you feel that you may need a tooth extraction, call the dental office of John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA to schedule an appointment. Our West Palm Beach team will attempt to salvage the situation, but a dental extraction may be necessary.