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Tooth Extractions

Get Out Of Pain & Get Back to Smiling

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A tooth extraction is a restorative dental procedure that removes a tooth from its socket in the bone. Island Coast Dentistry takes every precaution to ensure that our patients’ extraction process is as painless and pleasant as possible.

Why Would You Need a Tooth Extraction?

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If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, Dr. Skupny will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment. Sometimes, however, there may be too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. This is the most common reason for removing a tooth.

Other Reasons for Extractions

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The wisdom teeth, or third molars, are often extracted either before or after they come in, typically during the late teens or early 20’s. These teeth often get stuck in the jaw (impacted) and do not grow in properly. They also need to be removed if they are decayed or cause pain. Some wisdom teeth can become blocked by other teeth or may not have enough room to come in completely. This can irritate the gums, causing pain and swelling.

People getting braces may need teeth extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place.

Contact our Naples dentist at Island Coast Dentistry to schedule an appointment so we can take care of you or your child’s problem tooth.

Tooth Extraction FAQs

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At Island Coast Dentistry in Naples, we understand that the idea of removing a tooth can seem a bit intimidating, even when it is necessary. That is why we want you to have as much information about tooth extractions as possible before you even set foot in our office. In this handy FAQ section, our expert staff answers some of the most common questions we hear from patients about having a tooth removed. If you do not see your specific concern addressed below or if you have additional questions, do not hesitate to give our office a call!

Do I Need to See an Oral Surgeon for an Extraction?

While some complex cases may require the expertise of an oral surgeon, many extractions can be performed by an experienced dentist like Dr. Skupny. Indeed, many tooth extractions are simple enough that they can be completed without any incisions or special techniques. During a consultation at our office, Dr. Skupny will thoroughly examine your tooth before recommending an appropriate course of action. If the damaged or decayed tooth cannot be saved with a crown, filling or root canal, extraction may be necessary.

How Should I Prepare for My Tooth Extraction?

As part of your personalized treatment plan, Dr. Skupny may share specific instructions to help you prepare for the extraction procedure. If you suffer from a gastrointestinal illness or happen to catch a cold in the days or weeks leading up the extraction, be sure to let us know so Dr. Skupny can make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan. In addition, persons with a weakened immune system or certain medical conditions may be more vulnerable to infection after the surgical extraction procedure. If this is the case for you, do not worry – Dr. Skupny can prescribe antibiotics to help prevent infection.

How Much Pain is Normal After a Tooth Extraction?

For the first 24 hours following a dental extraction procedure, it is not uncommon to experience some discomfort, including swelling and bleeding near the affected area. However, taking prescription pain medication and intermittently applying an ice pack to your cheek can help keep you comfortable during the initial recovery period.

What Is Recovery Like After Tooth Extraction?

It usually takes between 7 to 10 days to fully recover from a tooth extraction. Immediately following the extraction procedure, you should plan on resting for the rest of the day. In addition to taking painkillers and applying an icepack as described above, you should also gently rinse with a salt water to reduce the chance of infection. When brushing and flossing your teeth, be sure to avoid the extraction site. During your recovery, you will need to temporarily adjust your diet. Stick to soft foods – soup, applesauce, yogurt, etc. – for the first few days and avoid drinking through a straw.

Should I Replace My Missing Tooth After Extraction?

Generally speaking, it is always a good idea to replace a missing tooth after an extraction. Having a gap in your smile is more than an issue of looks – it can also impact your oral health. Teeth adjacent to a dental gap can gradually shift out of the place, making it more difficult to chew and to keep your teeth and gums clean.

At Island Coast Dentistry, we offer a variety of tooth replacement options, including partial dentures, bridges and dental implants. During an initial consultation with Dr. Skupny, he will help you explore these different restorative solutions and choose the one that best for you.