Tooth Extractions

While it’s always our goal to care for and maintain your natural teeth, there are cases when removing a tooth is in your best interest. We work to make extractions as easy as possible so you can concentrate on a quick recovery.

Tooth Extractions in Bartow, FL

Tooth extraction is a quick process, and we will ensure you are comfortable using anesthesia. However, the most crucial part of the entire process is the recovery period. We need to ensure that we control the bleeding and promote proper healing immediately after the tooth extraction. To achieve this, we will ask you to bite down on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes to form a blood clot. You must be careful not to disturb the blood clot for the next 24 hours. To manage the swelling, we recommend using an ice pack on the outer cheek, followed by a warm compress once the swelling subsides, to the same area for comfort. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water also helps clean the extraction area. 

If you are looking for tooth extraction services in Bartow, FL, the staff at Peak Dental are experts in this field. Schedule a consultation today to determine if this service is right for you.

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  • How do I prevent dry socket after a tooth extraction?

    When a tooth is extracted, a blood clot develops shortly after the surgery to begin the healing process. If this blood clot becomes dislodged before your mouth has fully healed, it can cause pain, and it is called a dry socket.

    Six tips for avoiding dry sockets are:

    1. Avoid straws or anything that creates a suction movement of air and cheek muscles.
    2. Avoid smoking tobacco, as fast inhalation can dislodge your blood clot, and the chemicals may prevent healing or cause an infection.
    3. Eat soft foods only, like applesauce, yogurt, and mashed potatoes, for the first one or two days.
    4. Inquire about the medication you’re taking to ensure they don’t interact with the healing process.
    5. Use proper oral hygiene to keep your mouth clean, and consider an antibacterial mouthwash.
    6. Follow your doctor’s instructions on proper oral care to improve recovery time.
  • When and why are wisdom teeth removed?

    The wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that emerge in the back of the mouth, usually during the late teens or early twenties. Due to their slanted growth and limited space, these teeth can cause crowding and interfere with the alignment of adjacent teeth. As a result, most people opt to have them removed. Approximately 85% of adults undergo wisdom teeth extraction.

  • What causes the need for tooth extraction?

    Tooth extraction involves removing a tooth from its socket in the bone. This is typically done when a tooth has been damaged by decay or is broken, and the damage is too extensive for a filling or crown to repair. Besides decay or damage, there are other reasons for tooth extraction, such as extra teeth blocking others, baby teeth not falling out in time for permanent teeth to come in, braces, wisdom teeth commonly removed, or medical reasons.

More questions?

If you have more questions about tooth extractions, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.

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