June 6, 2017

Teeth that are damaged or decayed beyond restoration may need to be extracted by a periodontist. A damaged tooth can cause numerous oral problems, so patients are encouraged to seek treatment as soon as they notice a problem.

When Should a Tooth be Extracted?

Patients have teeth extracted for a variety of reasons, however, in almost all cases, the extracted tooth cannot be saved. Your periodontist may also recommend an extraction if you suffer from any of the following conditions or problems.

  • Advanced gum disease
  • Oral infection or tooth decay
  • Extra teeth
  • Fractured or broken teeth
  • Preparation for an orthodontic treatment

If you suffer from any of the conditions or problems above, you and your periodontist will work closely together to decide on the type of extraction you need. Direct injuries to the mouth can also result in the need for a tooth extraction.

Simple vs. Surgical Extraction

If a tooth can be seen in the mouth, your periodontist may recommend a simple extraction. Simple extractions do not require incisions or sectioning, and during the procedure, patients are normally given a local anesthetic. Simple extractions are used to remove teeth that have been severely damaged or decayed. While the patient is anesthetized, the periodontist will use forceps to loosen and remove the damaged tooth.

Conversely, your periodontist may recommend surgical extraction if your tooth has been damaged at the gum line or has not come in yet. These types of teeth cannot be removed with forceps, so the periodontist will have to make an incision in the gums to remove the teeth. During this procedure, the patient will need to remain under local anesthesia.

We Treat You With Compassion and Professionalism

Here at South Florida Periodontics & Dental Implants, you will be treated with compassion and professionalism. We understand that tooth extractions can be intimidating, and that is why we do everything in our power to make you feel comfortable. Call our office today to schedule your appointment.



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