Although this might seem surprising, pulling a tooth is sometimes a better option than trying to save it. When possible, Dr. Hiba Alqasemi and Dr. Ziad Adham of Beyond Dentistry Clearwater will always try to save your natural teeth. So, our team will only recommend tooth extraction and other oral surgeries as an option if we can’t restore your smile using other, less-invasive measures.
What is dental extraction?
Our general dentists perform dental extraction surgeries by removing the entire tooth from the gum socket using specialized dental tools and equipment.
When is pulling a tooth necessary?
Though adult teeth are intended to last forever, sometimes tooth extraction can improve your overall dental health. Dr. Alqasemi or Dr. Adham might suggest dental extraction in the following scenarios:
- A wisdom tooth that is bothersome or has the potential to become so
- Widespread tooth decay or damage
- Advanced periodontal (gum) disease
- Deep dental infections
Our Tooth Removal Process: What to Expect
Dental extractions are amongst the top oral surgeries performed. Whether your troublesome tooth is easily assessable or buried beneath the gum line, our Beyond Dentistry team is experienced and can capably and gently extract teeth when necessary. Regardless of complexity, here’s what you can expect from us during a simple or complex tooth extraction:
- Initial consultation: Dental extractions start with ensuring that the patient is comfortable with the idea of extraction and what will happen during every stage of oral surgery. This is the perfect opportunity to ask questions or voice any concerns you have about dental oral surgery. Depending on where the extracted tooth is located, Dr. Alqasemi and Dr. Adham might suggest a tooth replacement appliance, such as:
- Prep, numbing, and sedation: The idea of oral surgery and tooth extraction can make even the strongest people a little nervous. So, our Beyond Dentistry dentists offer conscious oral sedation and local anesthesia to ensure that patients feel as comfortable as possible during oral surgery.
- Performing dental extraction: While mindful not to disrupt healthy gum or bone tissue, Dr. Alqasemi or Dr. Adham will carefully remove the tooth from the socket using specialized instruments (like dental elevators).
Have questions about tooth extraction in Clearwater, FL?
Check out these frequently asked questions about simple or complex dental extraction in Largo, FL, Clearwater, or surrounding cities, or call us at (727) 304-3156 to speak with our team.
Typically, complexity impacts average dental extractions cost. For instance, on average, simple tooth extraction costs between $75 to $250 per tooth. In comparison, surgical extractions (such as wisdom tooth removal) can cost a couple hundred dollars or more. Though insurance normally covers some or all costs related to dental extractions. For specific pricing, it’s best to schedule a consultation at Beyond Dentistry Clearwater.
Preventing infection is essential for successful tooth extraction healing. Some measures that you can take to prevent infection after oral surgery are to keep the surgical site clean, use gauze pads appropriately to curb excessive bleeding, and rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
Simple extractions take about a week to close and heal, while complex dental extractions might take a few weeks. During this time, taking precautions like diet changes, getting enough rest, and following directions as provided by our Clearwater, FL dentist duo is essential.
To start things off, we’ll perform a complete cleaning of your teeth and gums, using special tools to remove any plaque and tartar that may have built up along the gumline. Essential aspects of your cleaning will include thorough flossing between your teeth in all those hard-to-reach places, and scraping off plaque that has accumulated along the gum line. To finish the cleaning process, we’ll polish your teeth, leaving you feeling refreshed, revitalized, and ready to smile.
Any Necessary X-Rays
If you’re new to the office or haven’t had dental x-rays in a while, your Clearwater dentist may recommend that you take some during your preventive care appointment. Dental x-rays let us see what’s going on beneath the surface of your smile, giving us the ability to find issues that may not be visible otherwise. With x-rays, we’re able to make more accurate diagnoses and create more effective and efficient treatment plans.
Your dentist will review your x-rays and then take a thorough look at your teeth, gums, and the rest of your mouth. If we spot any issues, we’ll take the time to educate you on our findings, so you can keep your dental health on the right track. We make it our goal to keep you educated about your oral well-being, so you can make the right decisions for your smile.
Personalized Treatment Plan
Using the information we’ve gathered with your exam and x-rays, we’ll work together with you to craft a treatment plan customized for your unique oral health needs, budget, and lifestyle. If everything looks good, we’ll simply schedule your next routine cleaning and checkup.