Tooth Extractions – Royal Palm Beach, FL

Gentle & Compassionate Tooth Removal

Extracted tooth next to dental forceps

Dr. Civetti and our team want to help our patients maintain their natural teeth for a lifetime. However, that isn’t always possible. In some cases, it is necessary to perform tooth extractions. This restorative procedure can end dental pain and be a stepping stone on the way to renewed oral health. Are you ready to learn more about the gentle and compassionate tooth extractions offered in our Royal Palm Beach dental office? Read on below.

Why Choose Pearl Palm Beach Dental for Tooth Extractions? 

  • Sedation Available for Comfortable Treatment
  • Natural-Looking Options for Tooth Replacement
  • Compassionate & Gentle Dental Team

Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary

Man suffering from toothache may need tooth extractions

Dr. Civetti might recommend a tooth extraction under any of the following circumstances:

  • A tooth is so badly decayed, damaged, or infected that it is not possible to restore its health and function.
  • More room in the mouth is needed for orthodontic appliances.
  • A patient is interested in getting full dentures and still has a few of their natural teeth remaining.
  • One of a child’s primary teeth did not fall out in a timely manner and is threatening the wellness of the incoming adult teeth.
  • A tooth is impacted (stuck beneath the gumline).

In most cases, we recommend that patients undergo tooth replacement as soon as possible after their tooth extractions.

The Process of Removing a Tooth

Illustration of dental forceps gripping molar

The process of removing a tooth is usually pretty straightforward. During a simple extraction, we start by numbing the mouth. The local anesthesia eliminates pain, but you may still feel a degree of pressure. In some cases, we also recommend sedation.

Once you are comfortable, we will use an instrument called an elevator to lift the tooth out of its socket. Next, Dr. Civetti will grip the tooth with forceps and gently rock it back and forth in order to break the ligaments that are holding it in place. After the tooth is removed, we will place gauze in the mouth to control bleeding.

At your follow-up appointments, we may plan for you to receive a dental bridge, dentures, or dental implants to fill in the empty space in your mouth.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Woman relaxing on sofa wearing headphones

Here are some tips for a successful recovery process following your extractions:

  • Take any medications as recommend by our team, whether they are prescription or over-the-counter substances.
  • Keep your head propped up during sleep in order to reduce blood flow to the treatment site.
  • After the first 24 hours, regularly rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
  • Temporarily avoid hard and crunchy foods.
  • Do not drink from a straw.
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol.
  • Do not participate in strenuous physical exertion.
  • If possible, replace your missing tooth so you can avoid issues like jawbone deterioration, dental drift, and further tooth loss.