Bruce L. Elkind, DDS, PA
Cosmetic & Family Dentistry located in Royal Palm Beach, FL
Restoring every damaged or infected tooth is the goal of Bruce L. Elkind, DDS, PA, but in some cases, it’s just not possible. If decay is irreparable or the injury too great, extraction may be the best option for protecting your overall dental health. For compassionate and comfortable tooth extractions, call the office in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, or use the online tool to schedule an appointment today.
Tooth Extractions Q&A
Why would I need a tooth extraction?
Your adult teeth are supposed to last a lifetime. But injury, decay, illness, or genetics mean that sometimes a tooth extraction is the best course of action for your dental health. Dr. Elkind doesn’t take extractions lightly and often does an extraction as a last resort.
The reasons that could make a tooth extraction necessary include:
- Insufficient room for third molars (wisdom teeth)
- Impacted teeth
- Extra or crowded teeth
- Risk of infection from an unsuccessful root canal
- Risk of infection during an organ transplant or chemotherapy
- Severe gum (periodontal) disease
If you suffered an injury and have a tooth that has broken off at the gumline or root, it may also need extraction.
What happens during tooth extractions?
The way Dr. Elkind extracts your tooth depends on your particular case. You may need a simple or surgical extraction.
If your tooth is fully intact and has erupted from the gumline, you’ll likely undergo a simple extraction. The area around the affected tooth is numbed, and Dr. Elkind loosens the targeted tooth using a tool called a dental elevator. He then gently removes the tooth using dental forceps.
Problematic teeth that are impacted or broken off at the gumline require a surgical extraction. During this procedure, your mouth is numbed and you may also be under light sedation. Dr. Elkind makes an incision in your gumline to access the tooth.
What happens after a tooth extraction?
Expect healing from your extraction to take one to two weeks. You’ll feel new tissue and bone grow into the space left by your missing tooth. You may have some discomfort from chewing and dental hygiene practices while you heal.
Surgical extractions are a little more complex and may require extra care while you heal. Dr. Elkind gives you a thorough post-extraction care plan, so you know how to care for the affected area.
Dr. Elkind is available to evaluate your problematic teeth and extract them when necessary. Call today or use the online tool to schedule an appointment.