Extractions in Fort Lauderdale, FL
At Raynald Michel DDS, our goal is to provide our patients with a comprehensive dental treatment plan that maintains their oral health. Dr. Michel will make every effort made to maintain and preserve your existing teeth, but there are some cases where a tooth is damaged or decayed and needs to be extracted to prevent oral complications.
If you need a tooth extraction in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Dr. Michel is highly skilled in performing the procedure in a gentle and pain-free surgery.
When Is an Extraction Needed?
There are many different reasons Dr. Michel might suggest an extraction, including:
- An angled tooth that could threaten nearby teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Broken teeth
- Abscessed tooth
- Injury or trauma to teeth
- Advanced gum disease
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Failed root canal
Our Fort Lauderdale, FL dental staff is committed to making the dental extraction as comfortable and gentle as possible. If needed, Dr. Michel can discuss tooth replacement options like dental implants or dentures.
The Extraction Procedure
We understand that the extraction surgical procedure may sound scary, but extractions are necessary for your oral health and to prevent further damage to your mouth. It is normal to feel apprehensive; we believe that answering all your questions and concerns will make our patients feel more comfortable about the procedure. Our Fort Lauderdale, FL patients will be happy to know that their comfort is our highest priority.
There are two types of extraction procedures: simple and surgical.
Simple extractions are a good option for teeth that are exposed above the gumline, not broken or beneath the gumline. During a simple extraction, Dr. Michel will gently remove the tooth using forceps. Light bleeding may occur but will quickly taper off, and in most cases, stitches are not necessary. The recovery period is quick, but we recommend you drink from a straw and rinse with warm salt water.
Surgical extractions involve removing gum or bone tissue and are necessary if the tooth is broken below the gum line or has never emerged. A surgical incision is typically required to remove the tooth. Stitches are usually needed to close the wound and help heal the incision. The recovery period should be quick, and during this time, Dr. Michel will be able to discuss your tooth replacement options.
Healing from an Extraction
Whether you have a simple or surgical extraction, there are a few tips to help make your recovery time as pain-free and comfortable as possible. We recommend avoiding smoking and drinking from straws when possible. Hard or chewy foods should be avoided and replaced with soft foods like soup, yogurt, mashed potatoes, and other liquid foods.
Do You Need an Extraction?
If you are in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and have tooth pain, or think you might have a tooth emergency, call our dental office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michel. We will be able to evaluate your teeth and determine if an extraction is necessary. Don’t hesitate to end your pain!