in Sarasota, FL
Ideally, we prefer to save your natural teeth whenever possible. Unfortunately, this sometimes is not the appropriate solution and it becomes necessary to extract a tooth in order to protect the health of your other teeth. Some of the situations that may warrant an extraction include:
Severely broken or fractured teeth
Severely decayed teeth
Impacted wisdom teeth
Dental extractions come in two basic types – simple and surgical. Which kind is right for you will depend on the situation we are looking to fix.
Simple extractions are performed when the tooth is above the gum line and can be removed with a lifter and forceps. The process and healing time are both quick. This may be used for a decayed tooth or a tooth that is broken but is still above the gumline. It’s also used to remove teeth when the root has died or if your teeth are crowded and removal is necessary to facilitate orthodontic treatment.
Surgical extractions, on the other hand, are more complicated. A surgical extraction requires an incision into the gum to get to the tooth. This type of extraction is necessary if your tooth has broken below the gumline or if it is multiple pieces and some are stuck beneath the gums. A surgical extraction is also necessary for impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or completely covered by gum tissue.
If you suspect that you require a tooth extraction, we encourage you to visit Dr. Tindal at Tindal Prosthodontics in Sarasota, FL. Our team can provide a thorough evaluation of your dental needs to determine the most appropriate course of action. While a tooth extraction may be necessary in some cases, options such as crowns, root canals, or fillings may also be viable solutions. Factors such as injury, illness, infection, decay, or overcrowding may make tooth extraction necessary, but we will work with you to explore all possible treatment options before making a final decision.
We use the most reliable, advanced tools available to make sure each procedure goes as smoothly as possible. Contact us in Sarasota, FL, today to learn more or schedule an appointment.
Why is a Prosthodontist the best doctor for the job?
A prosthodontist is a specialized dental professional who has undergone advanced training in the restoration and replacement of teeth. While prosthodontists are not typically the first choice for tooth extractions, they are still well-equipped to perform the procedure when necessary. Here are some reasons why a prosthodontist may be the best person to extract teeth:
Comprehensive knowledge of oral anatomy: Prosthodontists have an in-depth understanding of the structure and function of teeth and the surrounding tissues. This knowledge allows them to perform extractions with precision and minimize any potential complications.
Experience in dental surgery: Prosthodontists receive training in a variety of dental surgeries, including extractions. This experience ensures that they are equipped to handle any complications that may arise during the procedure.
Expertise in tooth replacement: Prosthodontists specialize in the replacement of missing teeth with dental implants, bridges, and dentures. As such, they have a unique understanding of how tooth extraction can impact the overall structure and function of the mouth, and can provide appropriate recommendations for tooth replacement options.
At Tindal Prosthodontics, our experienced prosthodontist, Dr. Ben Tindal, is extremely qualified to safely pull teeth and deliver the aftercare you need to recover and regain health, function, and a beautiful smile.
dental extraction process
A tooth extraction, also known as tooth pulling or dental extraction, is the process of removing a tooth from its socket in the bone. There are several reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted, including tooth decay, severe breakage, creating space for orthodontic work, impacted teeth, infection, and gum disease.
Once a tooth extraction has been deemed the best course of action for you, our Prosthodontist, Dr. Tindal, will set up a date and time for your tooth extraction procedure. An antibiotic may be prescribed before or after the procedure varying on a case-by-case basis.
At the beginning of your procedure, Dr. Tindal will numb the area with local anesthesia. Once the extraction begins you will likely feel pressure but does not result in pain. After the extraction, bleeding may occur, even if stitches are in place. Our team will provide gauze pads to absorb drainage, staunch bleeding, and promote clotting.
It is recommended to leave the gauze in place for 3-4 hours following the extraction, changing it as necessary. To promote clotting, patients should avoid rinsing, smoking, and drinking through a straw for 24 hours. Applying ice to the side of the face for ten-minute intervals can help reduce pain and swelling. Resting for at least 24 hours after the extraction and propping the head up with pillows to minimize bleeding is also recommended.
Once you are fully healed, you can discuss tooth replacement options with our Tindal Prosthodontics team to restore your smile and avoid shifting of other teeth.
At Tindal Prosthodontics, we are committed to helping you achieve a healthy and confident smile through our exceptional patient-focused services. Dr. Ben Tindal and our team are dedicated to providing you with personalized care and a pain-free experience to ensure your satisfaction and comfort throughout the entire process.
wisdom tooth extractions
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, often need to be removed due to impaction or dental problems such as overcrowding, cavity formation, and pain. If you're experiencing any of these issues, it's essential to seek the guidance of an experienced dental professional.
Impacted wisdom teeth can also be defined as follows:
No Impaction: The crown of the tooth is above the jawbone and gum line. If wisdom teeth are not impacted, and actually come in straight and above the gum line, they may still need to be removed due to infection caused by food debris and bacteria that are trapped behind the wisdom tooth. Cavity formation can occur in wisdom teeth because they are not easily accessible with a toothbrush or dental floss.
Soft Tissue Impaction: The tooth is covered by gum tissue. Soft tissue impaction occurs when a wisdom tooth is partially exposed and the gum extends over the biting surface of the tooth itself. This issue causes a biting problem.
Partial Bony Impaction: The tooth is partially exposed, but part of the crown is trapped below the gum line and in the jaw bone.
Complete Bony Impaction: The tooth is completely encased in the jaw bone. This is more common with sideways (horizontal) and backwards (distoangular) teeth.
Not everyone will need to get their wisdom teeth removed. It’s possible for the teeth to come in just like any other and never be a cause for concern. The most common reasons your dentist will recommend extraction are:
Tooth Damage: The pressure and awkward placement of impacted wisdom teeth can damage the teeth in front of them. Tooth decay, gum disease and even bone loss can occur.
Nerve Pain: Mouths are tight spaces. If a wisdom tooth comes in at the wrong angle, it can easily become inflamed. The pain can be considerable.
Infection: Your normal teeth have a rim of gum tissue around the bottom edge. Wisdom teeth often erupt with excess gum tissue covering too much of the tooth. Food and bacteria can get trapped under the tissue, leading to tooth decay and painful infection.
Disease: In rare cases, impacted wisdom teeth can cause cysts or tumors in the surrounding tissues.
If you're experiencing issues with your wisdom teeth, don't hesitate to contact Dr. Ben Tindal and Tindal Prosthodontics in Sarasota, FL, today. We'll help you determine the best course of action for your dental needs and provide exceptional care every step of the way.
cost of extractions
There is no standard cost for a wisdom tooth removal procedure. The cost of your treatment will depend on several things, including the number of wisdom teeth you have, your choice of anesthesia, if any teeth are impacted, or if it's a wisdom tooth. We will provide a cost estimate upfront so you know exactly what to expect.
Our office accepts a variety of payment methods, and there are options available to finance the cost of your wisdom teeth removal. Learn more about our financing options.
post-operative surgery instructions
It is recommended that you rest quietly with your head elevated for the rest of the day.
When getting up from a reclined position, take your time to avoid feeling dizzy.
During the first 24 hours, limit your physical activity and avoid excessive exertion for the following 72 hours.
Resting will aid in faster healing!
Swelling and Bruising:
Some swelling is common during the healing process.
If the swelling seems excessive and is accompanied by fever or severe pain, please contact us immediately.
For the first day following surgery, use an ice pack to minimize swelling and increase comfort. Place the ice pack on your face over the surgical area for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.
Moist heat may be used for added comfort the day following surgery.
Red saliva is expected for the first 24 hours, but extensive bleeding should not occur. If it does, apply firm pressure with moist gauze to the area for 20 minutes. If the bleeding does not stop, please call us.
For the first three days after surgery, AVOID RINSING, SPITTING, OR SUCKING THROUGH A STRAW. Clotting blood aids in the healing process and these actions may disturb it.
Three days after surgery, you may begin gentle rinsing, but do not rinse vigorously for seven days.
Do not rinse with an over-the-counter mouthwash for seven days.
You may begin brushing the NON-SURGICAL areas on the day of surgery.
For the first week, eat softer foods like pasta, eggs, fish, yogurt, soup, pudding, and soft-cooked vegetables.
AVOID extremes like very hot, very cold, or acidic/spicy foods for the first few days.
DO NOT eat hard, crunchy foods such as popcorn, small seeds (like in strawberries, sesame, and poppy), nuts, or chips for the first week after surgery.
DO NOT use a straw for the first week as the suction could dislodge the blood clot within the tooth socket and create a painful condition known as dry socket.
Maintain a balanced diet.
It is strongly advised NOT TO SMOKE after surgery. Smoking delays the healing process increases discomfort and may encourage bleeding and infection in the surgical site.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at (941)225-2520