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Painless Dental Extractions

Wisdom Teeth Extractions in Jacksonville, FL

Dental Extractions in Jacksonville, FL
Point Meadows Dentistry

While most treatment plans usually aim at protecting and restore your teeth, occasionally extracting a tooth to preserve your oral health may be recommended. If an extraction is recommended, you will either have a simple extraction or a surgical extraction. A simple tooth extraction is always carried out if the tooth is accessible but a surgical extraction is the only method that will work for teeth that are not visible or easily accessible. This diagnosis should not consume your schedule, pocketbook, or worries. From pain and anxiety control to a flawless treatment plan, we'll factor in every aspect of your unique case for the best possible results.

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A tooth extraction involves removing an entire tooth down to the roots, nerves included. At Point Meadows Dentistry, we want our patients to maintain all of their natural teeth for as long as possible; however, there are some situations where removing a tooth may be the best option.

 

Some of the most common reasons for a tooth extraction include:

  • Severe infections that have caused the deterioration of most of the tooth and possibly the bone beneath.

  • Extensive tooth decay that makes a successful restorative treatment impossible.

  • Dental crowding, often caused by insufficient space or the eruption of extra teeth.

Type of Extractions:

Simple Extraction: Simple dental extraction involves the removal of a visible tooth. This procedure is often carried out using a local anesthetic to numb the area and reduce the pain experienced by the patient. Simple tooth extractions are preferred when feasible because they are easier to carry out typically have fewer adverse effects than surgical extractions.

Surgical Extraction: Surgical extractions involve the removal of teeth that are not easily accessible inside your mouth. This may be because they have not erupted through the gum completely or because they are fractured under the gum line.​

 

Wisdom Teeth Extractions

 

Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that commonly show up in our late teen years or early twenties. Sometimes these teeth can be valuable when healthy and properly aligned, but more often, they are impacted and need to be removed. 

There are Four Different Types of Impacted Wisdom Teeth:

Vertical Impaction - This happens when the tooth is growing and erupting vertically. It’s very likely that this type of impaction will erupt normally and most cases don’t require surgery to remove them. However, in some situations, the vertically impacted tooth may be too close to its neighboring molar and can damage the tooth by rubbing or pushing against it.

Distal Impaction - This happens when the tooth is angled towards the back of the mouth. This is the most uncommon impaction and is left up to the dentist to determine whether it needs to be removed. That decision is mostly based on the angle and whether the tooth will eventually grow to impact the jaw bone.

Mesial Impaction - This is the opposite of Distal impaction, as the tooth angles forward towards the front of the mouth. This is the most common type of tooth impaction. Mesial impaction commonly will be partially erupted, the back of the tooth erupts and the front is pushed against the front molar. A partial erupted mesial impacted wisdom tooth will often require monitored to ensure the impacted tooth is not causing damage to the neighboring molar, if it is then an extraction is necessary.

Horizontal Impaction - This is the most painful type of impaction as the tooth or teeth grow in sideways, fully beneath the gums, pushing forward on the molar in front of it. This type of impaction is diagnosed with x-ray and will likely cause damage to surrounding teeth and unbearable pain if it isn’t taken out. 

Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth 

Most impacted teeth can be recognized by x-rays during regular dental visits before they ever even become a problem. Other symptoms include:

  • Swelling and bleeding gums in the back of your mouth.

  • Difficulty and pain opening your jaw.

  • Bad breath and a bad taste in your mouth.

  • Pain when eating.

  • Headaches

  • Swollen neck and shoulder glands.

Reasons to Replace an Extracted Tooth

All of your teeth have an important job to do in your mouth. Your teeth allow you to chew and make your food more digestible. Not to mention, teeth aid in the pronunciation of words and make it possible to speak. Missing teeth can also have an impact on our appearance. But, this is not the worst of what can happen if you do not replace missing teeth.

 

Here is a list of situations that can happen after a tooth is removed and not replaced:

  • An empty tooth space opens the opportunity for a neighboring tooth to super erupt. This is when a tooth tries to overcompensate for the missing tooth by growing and filling the gap since there is nothing there to stop it.

  • You put yourself at risk of bone resorption or bone loss. This bone loss will cause your cheeks and lips to look sunken in, instantly aging you.

  • The teeth next to the empty space will shift toward each other and try to fill the space, resulting in a partial gap and crooked teeth.

  • A shift in the alignment of your teeth will also have a negative impact on your bite and the way you chew your food. Without your full chewing function, the remaining teeth will attempt to pick up the slack of the missing tooth by absorbing more force and weight. This will unfortunately prematurely age your teeth and put you at an increased risk for chipped and fractured teeth.

When you visit Point Meadows Dentistry, we will carefully examine your oral health and determine if a tooth extraction is the right call. If you need an extraction, both Dr. Danser and Dr. Mularkey are extremely skilled and will work to ensure that your treatment is as painless as possible. We will also provide you with specific post-treatment instructions. If you misplaced your post-surgery directions you can download a copy below.

Following your extraction, we will provide options to return your smile to a functional beautiful state with a natural-looking replacement tooth.

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  • How can I keep my teeth and gums happy?
    Brushing your teeth twice a day, and using a fluoride toothpaste at least once. Flossing regularly to remove plaque from between teeth. Visiting Point Meadows Dentistry routinely for a check-up and professional cleaning. Quitting smoking.
  • Is Periodontal Disease reversible?
    The disease is still reversible at this stage and can usually be eliminated by thorough brushing and flossing. In the more advanced stages of gum disease, called periodontitis, the gums and bone that support the teeth become seriously damaged beyond repair.
  • What are the stages of gum disease?
    Gingivitis: this is the earliest stage of gum disease, an inflammation of the gums caused by plaque buildup at the gumline. Periodontitis: This is your final warning to take your treatment seriously. The supporting bone and tissue that keeps your teeth in place are irreversibly damaged. Your gums may begin to form a pocket below the gumline, which traps food and plaque causing more issues and possibly infections. Advanced Periodontitis: This is the final stage of gum disease, the tissue and bone supporting your teeth are permanently destroyed, which can cause your teeth to shift or loosen.
  • Can you get Gum Disease without any teeth?
    Yes, gum disease is an ailment of the gums, and is independent of the teeth.
  • Can your gums grow back?
    Gum tissue doesn't regenerate the way other types of tissue does. As a result, receding gums don't grow back.
  • Can teeth whitening be painful?
    When performed by a dental professional, teeth whitening is an effective and safe way to brighten your smile. The most common side effect of whitening is temporary tooth sensitivity. In extreme cases the sensitivity can last up to a few days. It’s important to consult your dentist, to make sure you are a candidate for teeth whitening and to determine the appropriate course of treatment.
  • How long do Veneers last?
    Veneers generally last between 7 and 15 years, depending on material. After this time, the veneers would need to be replaced.
  • Are Veneers covered under insurance?
    The cost of veneers is not typically covered by insurance. To be certain, check with your dental insurance company.
  • Are there alternatives to Veneers?
    Yes, bondings and crowns are alternative options. Veneers may be the best option for individuals who want to change the color and shape of their teeth more than just a little bit, but not enough to require a crown.
  • My teeth are sensitive, what other whitening options do I have?"
    To avoid a hypersensitive reaction, we may recommend take-home bleaching trays with a lower concentration of carbamide peroxide – which is not as potent as hydrogen peroxide.
  • Is teeth whitening permanent?
    In-office bleaching is not a permanent solution. Like your teeth prior to the treatment, they will remain susceptible to stains. We will recommend you follow-up your treatment with a lower-percentage bleach in-home treatment that can be kept on the teeth for longer periods of time.
  • What is the difference between a cap and a dental crown?
    A crown is a prosthetic treatment for a broken or badly decayed tooth. A “cap” is an older term and is now commonly used to refer to dental crowns.
  • How long do conventional dentures last?
    The average life expectancy of a denture is seven to ten years. The denture itself is designed to last considerably longer than this, however the shape of your mouth/jawbone will change requiring new dentures.
  • How long does a dental crown last?
    On average, dental crowns last between 5 and 15 years. This depends on the amount of wear and tear the crown takes, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices, and your personal habits.
  • How do you know if your dental crown needs to be replaced?
    There are a few indicators that your crown needs to replaced, here are a few common reasons: Your dental crown is old. Dental crowns can last for more than fifteen years before seeing any damage. Wear and tear Pain or swelling around the tooth Receding gum line
  • My dental crown fell off, what do I do?"
    Simply, sometimes crowns fall off. Most often the reason is from the decay of the underlying tooth or loosening of the cementing material used to place the crown. If your crown comes off, clean the crown and the front of the tooth. Contact Point Meadows Dentistry immediately, we will give you specific instructions on how to care for the tooth and crown for the day or so until you can be seen for an evaluation. We may be able to re-cement the crown in place; if not, a new crown will need to be made.
  • How long do you have to wait to get dentures after teeth are pulled?
    Typically, six to eight weeks after the extractions. This allows sufficient time for the mouth to heal. We will re-examine your mouth to ensure enough time has passed prior to fitting your dentures.
  • Are dentures typically covered by Dental Insurance?
    Most complete coverage dental insurance policies include some restorative coverage, typically up to 50% of the cost of dentures is covered. Co-pays and regular deductibles still apply.
  • Can your gums grow back?
    Gum tissue doesn't regenerate the way other types of tissue does. As a result, receding gums don't grow back.
  • Why do my dentures keep falling out?
    The most common reason for loose-fitting dentures is a process known as bone resorption, where the gums begin to shrink due to them no longer needing to hold your teeth in place followed by bone loose.
  • What is the difference between a cap and a dental crown?
    A crown is a prosthetic treatment for a broken or badly decayed tooth. A “cap” is an older term and is now commonly used to refer to dental crowns.
  • How long do conventional dentures last?
    The average life expectancy of a denture is seven to ten years. The denture itself is designed to last considerably longer than this, however the shape of your mouth/jawbone will change requiring new dentures.
  • How long does a dental crown last?
    On average, dental crowns last between 5 and 15 years. This depends on the amount of wear and tear the crown takes, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices, and your personal habits.
  • How do you know if your dental crown needs to be replaced?
    Your dental crown is old. Dental crowns can last for more than fifteen years before seeing any damage. Wear and tear Pain or swelling around the tooth Receding gum line
  • My dental crown fell off, what do I do?"
    Simply, sometimes crowns fall off. Most often the reason is from the decay of the underlying tooth or loosening of the cementing material used to place the crown. If your crown comes off, clean the crown and the front of the tooth. Contact Point Meadows Dentistry immediately, we will give you specific instructions on how to care for the tooth and crown for the day or so until you can be seen for an evaluation. We may be able to re-cement the crown in place; if not, a new crown will need to be made.
  • How long do you have to wait to get dentures after teeth are pulled?
    Typically, six to eight weeks after the extractions. This allows sufficient time for the mouth to heal. We will re-examine your mouth to ensure enough time has passed prior to fitting your dentures.
  • Are dentures typically covered by Dental Insurance?
    Most complete coverage dental insurance policies include some restorative coverage, typically up to 50% of the cost of dentures is covered. Co-pays and regular deductibles still apply.
  • Why do my dentures keep falling out?
    The most common reason for loose-fitting dentures is a process known as bone resorption, where the gums begin to shrink due to them no longer needing to hold your teeth in place followed by bone loose.
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