St Petersburg Tooth Extraction

Do you see a lot of your gum tissue when you smile?

Every effort is made to keep all your teeth, as it is always the best and preferred solution. However, sometimes extracting a tooth is the first step toward reclaiming your oral health.

By extracting a tooth, we can remove a source, or potential source, of infection or discomfort. Removing a tooth is also sometimes necessary as a solution to problems with tooth spacing and bite function. In Dr. Powless’s expert care, trauma, pain and healing time are minimized.

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Need A Tooth Pulled? We Can Handle Your Tooth Extraction

If you have impacted wisdom teeth, or if your teeth are severely decayed or diseased, you may be experiencing chronic tooth pain. If that’s the case, you may need to have those teeth extracted.

Other than wisdom teeth, the last thing we want to do is extract a tooth. We will look at numerous other options, but in some cases, the tooth may need to be removed. We want your visit with us to be as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

Reasons for tooth extractions are:

  • When bone and gum loss has progressed too far and the teeth are now loose and are causing infections.
  • Fractured teeth which cannot be repaired due to the size and location of the fracture.
  • Impacted wisdom teeth that are causing problems to other teeth and gums.
  • If there is decay that is now too large to restore with a filling or a crown

Tooth extractions are a very common procedure and are usually very simple. Due to their simple nature, usually only local anesthetic is administered, however if you would like, more sedation options are available.

What happens during a tooth extraction procedure?

During the procedure, you should only feel some slight pleasure along with a slight cracking sound as your tooth is removed. Once the procedure is over, recovery should take only a few days as the swelling goes down.

We will provide you with everything you need to know about your extraction recovery when you come in for your appointment.

Questions & Answers

I just want my smile to look good. What are some options to help the appearance of my smile?

You are not alone. Most people want to have a nice smile since it is the first thing others notice about you. You may be interested in a few minor adjustments or may have concerns that need more attention. Some smiles can be enhanced with simple whitening or bonding treatments. Other smiles need porcelain veneers, crowns or bridges; gum contouring; periodontal therapy or a combination of all these techniques. Dr. Powless and Dr. Matos will suggest a treatment plan for you based on your goals, areas of concern and the overall condition of your oral health. Contact us for a complimentary smile evaluation to determine what course of action will produce the best solution for you.

I want my front teeth to look better, but I do not want to wear braces. What would you recommend?

Many people are uncomfortable with visiting the dentist. Your comfort is our highest priority. We treat our patients like our family. Our caring approach will help ease your fears and concerns about your dental care. Nitrous oxide or oral sedation is also offered to keep you comfortable and relaxed. IV and hospital sedation is available in our Tampa office, please schedule a consultation to further discuss your dental needs.

I really do not like visiting the dentist, is there anything you can do to help me relax?

Many people are uncomfortable with visiting the dentist. Your comfort is our highest priority and our office is designed so that you can enjoy a relaxing dental visit. For your entertainment stereo headphones with music, and personal T.Vs in every room for watching your favorite show are available. Nitrous oxide is also offered to keep you comfortable and relaxed.

What can I expect from my first appointment?

During your first appointment, your overall dental and oral health will be assessed with a comprehensive oral evaluation. Upon completion of your medical / dental health form, we will ask you to tell us your goals regarding your smile, teeth, and gums. Digital photos and X-Rays will be taken of your teeth to identify areas of decay, cracked teeth and malfunctioning restorations. Our goal is to preserve as much of your teeth as possible by catching decay in its earliest stages. We’ll also assess your gums and recommend the appropriate hygiene treatment for you.

I want cosmetic dentistry. Does my insurance pay for it?

Dental insurance is designed to assist you in paying for your dentistry. Most procedures are not fully covered by your insurance. Cosmetic dentistry, in particular, is not covered by most dental insurance plans. To help you afford your smile, we do offer a variety of payment options in addition to a monthly payment plan provided by our financial partner, Care Credit™. We also pay special attention to maximizing the benefits that your insurance does provide. Ask our front office team how you can comfortably afford your dentistry and maximize your dental insurance benefits.

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