Dental Extractions & Wisdom Teeth in Jacksonville
Gentle, pain-free extractions
Our doctors do everything possible to save your natural teeth, however, there are circumstances when a tooth either cannot be salvaged, or is creating conditions that affect your overall oral health. When this is the case, Dr. Pennington will carefully and gently extract your damaged tooth, using a minimally invasive approach of removing the tooth in segments.
Extracting wisdom teeth
Wisdom teeth are third molars that generally emerge in your late teens or early twenties. If wisdom teeth are in a good position, they can provide extra strength while chewing. However, they are often misaligned and may cause problems such as the following.
- Wisdom teeth that are very crowded may become difficult to clean and lead to decay or gum disease.
- Wisdom teeth may emerge at an odd and uncomfortable angle, or are facing the wrong direction.
- When there is not enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth to fully emerge through the gum, a flap of gum tissue may grow over the area, allowing food to be trapped and possibly lead to a gum infection.
- If the jaw doesn’t have enough space for the wisdom teeth to emerge, they may become impacted (trapped) in the jaw and unable to break through the gums.
To ensure your comfort, we provide oral sedation or nitrous oxide for some procedures or to help patients who are anxious or fearful of dental treatment.
We also offer our Comfort Menu prior to beginning a procedure and ask that you note the services that will put you at ease during your treatment. You may choose to have warm blankets, support your legs or neck with pillows or listen to music with noise-cancelling headphones.
The gap created when a tooth is extracted can be problematic, causing the jawbone and gum to deteriorate and shrink due to lack of stimulation from a tooth.
Our doctors perform socket preservation to provide the conditions necessary for dental implants, and can usually place an implant and temporary restoration immediately after an extraction.
Socket preservation is a technique using bone graft material to fill the socket and prevent deterioration of the jawbone. Plasma rich in growth factors is also used in socket preservation to enhance bone and tissue regeneration. This technology allows for faster healing and recovery time.
When needed, our doctors use Arestin® time-released antibiotic therapy to prevent a possible infection.
To make an appointment, call 904-222-6187 or click here to request an appointment online.