Tooth Extractions in Bonita Springs
Think you may be in need of a tooth extraction? Thinking of pulling it on your own? May want to re-evaluate tying the string to the door knob; ouch! Pulling your own tooth can lead to infection, broken teeth, more pain and cost more money than seeing a dentist in the first place. If you are in or near Bonita Springs and think you may need a tooth extraction, come see us at SMILE Dental so we can properly evaluate the situation. In some cases, a crown or filling will do the job before an extraction is even necessary.
A tooth extraction also known as tooth pulling or dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from the socket of the bone. The process of extracting, pulling or removing a tooth can be performed for multiple reasons. Typical reasons for tooth extractions are as follows:
- Tooth decay
- Broken beyond repair
- Make room for orthodontic work
- Poorly positioned teeth (i.e. impacted teeth)
- Infection and/or Risk of Infection
- Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Tooth Extraction Procedure
Once a tooth extraction has been deemed the best course of action for you, your Bonita Springs dental office 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, your dentist will numb the area with a local anesthesia.
Easy Tooth Extractions with SMILE Dental - Piezotome
Staying true to SMILE Dental’s commitment in providing patients with the best in advanced dental technology we use the Piezotome ultrasonic device for our tooth extractions. This technology allows our doctors to extract teeth in an unmatched precise, quick, painless manner.
Patient Benefits of Piezotome Extractions vs. Traditional Extraction Procedure:
- Faster procedure than traditional extractions
- Less pain, swelling and sensitivity
- Reduced post-operative discomfort
- Less traumatic to adjacent teeth
- No drilling needed
- Faster healing rates
How Does Piezotome Work?
The fibrous tissue between tooth and bone that binds them together are periodontal ligaments. These ligaments need to be detached from the tooth for its removal. To remove the tooth the dentist would typically need to expand the socket first by firmly rocking the tooth back n’ forth. Not with the Piezotome ultrasonic technology. This minimally invasive approach allows our dentists to forgo this painful back n’ forth rocking.
The Piezotome probe slides between the tooth and bone and then uses ultrasound to disrupt these ligaments. The ultrasound waves are able to make a clean cut on the ligaments with minimal trauma to release the tooth.
Caring for Your Extracted Tooth
Our doctors will give you detailed instructions on what you should expect after your tooth extraction procedure. Please remember even for the “simplest” of extractions bleeding will occur and there will be some degree of pain. With the Piezotome this bleeding tends to be significantly decreased. It is important to take any medications as prescribed and give yourself ample time to recover. Additional advice for pain management after tooth removal:
- Avoid forcefully spitting and drinking from a straw for at least 24 hours (can lead to dry socket)
- Avoid smoking
- Place ice packet on face where swelling may occur
- Eat soft, cool foods
- Rinse with warm salt water 24 hours after procedure to keep the site clean (1/2 tsp salt in 1 cup warm water)