At Parker and Pennington Dentistry, we do everything we can to save our patients’ teeth. Unfortunately, when a tooth experiences trauma from an accident or severe decay, there are times that it cannot be salvaged. In these instances, we recommend removing the entire tooth structure, which includes the tooth and the tooth root, otherwise known as a tooth extraction. We know a tooth extraction doesn’t sound like a fun time. However, although a tooth extraction is not a procedure that brings joy to our patients, they understand it is best for their oral health.
Process of Removal
We never want our patients to worry when they need a tooth removed. Our goal is to extract your damaged tooth gently and carefully, with a minimally invasive approach. We prioritize your comfort and offer sedation to our patients who are extremely anxious and fearful. To further enhance your comfort, we also provide warm blankets, supportive pillows, and noise cancelling headphones.
Once the mouth is prepared, the extraction is performed where the tooth is gently removed. The doctor will then perform socket preservation to prevent the jawbone and gums from deteriorating following the extraction. This helps to prepare the area for dental implants, if that is the tooth replacement choice you have made.
Care Following Extraction
Following an extraction, our office provides instructions to ensure proper healing and avoid complications. Ignoring and not following the instructions can cause severe and lasting damage and discomfort to your mouth. To help with the healing process we recommend you:
Rest and limit movement and exercise for 24 hours
Use ice to help with swelling
Drink lots of fluids and eat soft foods
Avoid any sucking through a straw or smoking
Continue brushing and cleaning teeth as safely as possible
To avoid tooth extractions, it is important to remain diligent with your dental hygiene visits. If you are located in the Jacksonville Beach, FL area and have not recently had a hygiene visit and dental exam, please contact our office to schedule an appointment. If you have had an extraction and have concerns or need to discuss tooth replacement options, please call our office as soon as possible. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is here to help you with anything you need!