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Dental Extractions


15 N Missouri Ave | Clearwater, FL 33755

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When a tooth is visible above the gum line and your dentist can easily remove it with forceps, the procedure is called a simple extraction. If the tooth has yet to grow in, or is severely broken down, your dentist might need to remove gum tissue or bone to extract it. This is called a surgical extraction and may require stitches to close the site so that it can heal properly. It is important to closely follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions to speed recovery and avoid complications.

The surgical extraction of teeth may sound intimidating, but with today’s modern procedures and anesthesia, you have nothing to worry about. That's because, although an extraction may be necessary, it doesn’t mean you have to live with missing teeth. We can provide the following restorative dental options to replace an extracted tooth:

  • Single Implants

  • Multiple Implants

  • Bridges

  • Implant Retained Dentures

  • Standard Dentures

  • Removable Partial Dentures

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We understand that the idea of having a tooth removed can be distressing and you may have some anxiety about visiting the dentist because of it.

Afterwards, the gums around the area where the tooth was removed will be sore for some time and you will be given specific post-op instructions to ensure optimal healing. Despite this discomfort, there are several reasons why tooth extractions are recommended, including the following:

  • Severely damaged teeth

  • Impacted teeth (this service is sometimes referred out to an Oral Surgeon)

  • Wisdom Teeth (to prevent infection)

  • Severely decayed teeth

  • Preparation for dental implants

  • Preparation for orthodontic treatment

  • Treat overcrowding

  • Prevent gum disease or an infection from spreading

If the wisdom teeth or impacted teeth in the back of the mouth were removed, you will need to keep the area clean and avoid eating from that side or drinking anything with a straw to protect the area while it heals. Also, if the blood clot forming over the extraction area is dislodged or removed, it can delay healing and increase the risk of infection.

If you are looking for an experienced dentist for wisdom teeth removal, tooth extractions before dental implants, or other dental treatments, turn to Missouri Gardens Dental for a stress-free experience.

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It's not uncommon for the bone that previously supported the tooth to melt away once the tooth is removed – it doesn't serve a purpose anymore. When this bone fades away, gaps or spaces can form between the teeth, or the teeth can shift and move out of alignment. This is why a socket preservation is typically performed at the same time as the tooth extraction itself.

Protecting the socket after a tooth extraction is very important. One reason to protect the socket is to avoid the development of a dry socket, which can form if the blood clot that protects the healing area is knocked loose, exposing the nerve beneath it. 

A socket or alveolar ridge preservation procedure involves placing a bone graft into the socket where the tooth once was. This graft can be made of synthetic materials, bone from other animals (such as cows), or human bone. After putting the graft in the socket, the dentist usually covers it up with a collagen membrane and sutures the opening to keep it closed. The goal of socket preservation is to improve the appearance of the remaining teeth and gums and to make the process of getting a dental implant (at some point down the line) less complicated.

If you have any concerns about extractions or socket preservation  reach out to your dentist at Missouri Gardens Dental for advice. Call our office at (727) 461-4832.


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Dr. Thuy Vazquez D.D.S.

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Dr. Anisha Patel D.M.D.


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15 N Missouri Ave, Clearwater, FL 33755