Tooth Extraction Land O Lakes
Do you need a Tooth Extraction in Land O Lakes?
If you need to have a tooth extracted in Wesley Chapel, contact Theodore J. Grellner, DDS, PA, a board certified maxillofacial surgeon. While Dr. Grellner always aims to preserve and restore your natural teeth, there are times when a tooth extraction is necessary to preserve your oral health. When a tooth has suffered irreparable damage from decay or fracture and cannot be saved, Dr. Grellner will try to remove it as easily and comfortably as possible to minimize your recovery and discomfort. With over 30 years of extraction experience you can rest assured knowing that your extraction will be performed by an expert in the field. Known for personalized oral surgery care, our team will provide you with the gentle, personalized treatment you deserve. After your extraction, he can replace lost back teeth with dental implants.
What is Dry Socket and What are the Signs That you Have Dry Socket?
When a tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms over the area that held the tooth (socket). The clot protects the area and promotes healing. Dry socket occurs if the clot dissolves or becomes dislodged before the area has healed, exposing the bone and nerves. While dry socket can be painful, it is treatable. Common symptoms of dry socket include:
- Severe Pain a Few Days after your Extraction
- Visible Bone in the Socket
- Unpleasant Taste in your Mouth
- Bad Breath
- Pain that Extends from the Socket to your Eye, Temple, or Ear
4 Step Tooth Extraction Procedure
Whether you choose to remain awake or go to sleep to be unaware of the extraction procedure, the choice is yours (if you are healthy enough to do so). It would be wise to make your anesthetic choice based on the potential difficulty of your extraction to have the best experience. Dr. Grellner can help you make this choice. If you are planning to replace this tooth with a dental implant, to avoid having to shave the adjacent teeth down for a bridge, please let us know before your tooth is removed. If we can record the position of the tooth with our high-tech CEREC equipment, it will help us to reproduce it’s position later with an implant.
You also need to be aware of time limitations. After the tooth is removed, while the tooth socket is filling in with new bone, the outer bone surface will already be starting to melt away! Because of this, the ideal time to place the implant is about 3 months after the extraction when the socket will have filled with new bone. Since this natural process of bone melting away can’t be stopped, the longer you delay getting your implant, the more difficult it may be for you to do so as the jaw ridge narrows and shortens in height. The upper sinus will even start dropping down into the area where the upper molar roots were to reduce bone height even more. It is a crazy process, but one that you unfortunately can’t ignore.
While bone grafting techniques are constantly improving with technology, the results are not at a point where they are 100% predictable, so the less you need grafted the more successful your implant result will be. The bone of your jaw is a precious substance that can easily be lost, be it due to infection of gum or tooth, or simply due to loss of the tooth root that stimulated it to keep it’s width and height healthy.
Finally, there are other changes that can occur after tooth loss that add to the complexity of tooth replacement that we can’t go into here. It would be best to simply accept that problems will multiply. Bottom line: the longer you wait, the harder and more expensive the process can become as bone melts away. You will get your best result by planning from the beginning to get your implant soon after the socket has healed.
Choosing the Best Doctor for Your Tooth Extraction in Land O Lakes
Finding the right surgeon for tooth extraction can ensure an easy recovery and lower your risk of post-surgical complications. With extensive surgical training and decades of experience, Dr. Theodore Grellner can reliably perform accurate, comfortable teeth extractions for patients. Furthermore, his development of the QuickRecover anesthesia technique has almost completely eliminated post-procedural discomfort caused by general anesthesia.
Ensuring the Best Tooth Extraction Experience Possible
Although tooth extraction is a health-oriented procedure, there is no reason it should not be a comfortable one. Dr. Theodore Grellner strives to ensure the best tooth extraction experience possible in a comfortable environment at his specialized Tampa, FL, office. Your surgery will be planned and executed to minimize post-surgical discomfort and reduce the risk of potential complications.
A Comfortable Tooth Extraction Experience in Land O Lakes
Many patients are anxious about even simple dental treatments. The risk of oral surgery adds a layer of further discomfort. With a history of unpleasant experiences in the dentist’s chair himself, Dr. Grellner deeply emphasizes with that anxiety. Consequently, patient comfort forms a cornerstone of his practice. To this end, he focuses on three specific factors: timing, anesthesia, and technique.
Had multiple extractions at one time: wisdom teeth (3rd molars) and additional teeth for orthodontics. Went under general anesthesia and did not feel a thing. I left the consultation feeling very comfortable and felt confident with them. I was highly satisfied with the outcome. Delightful front office staff and amazing surgical assistants. I would highly recommend Dr. Grellner with his many years of experience and care.
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