Tooth Extractions Fort Myers FL
Porto Fino Dental | Tooth Removal
You and Dr. Bocanegra may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.
To avoid these complications, in most cases, Dr. Bocanegra will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.
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The Extraction Process
At the time of extraction the doctor will need to numb your tooth, jaw bone and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic.
During the extraction process you will feel a lot of pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal.
You feel the pressure without pain as the anesthetic has numbed the nerves stopping the transference of pain, yet the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected.
If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction please let us know right away.
Sectioning a Tooth
Some teeth require sectioning. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is so firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved and the socket can’t expand enough to remove it. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections then removes each section one at a time.
After Tooth Extraction
After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times to staunch the flow of blood.
After the blood clot forms it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.
Use pain medication as directed. Call our office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.
It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.
After a few days you should feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.
Call us at Porto Fino Dental, Fort Meyers, FL Phone Number 239-482-8806 if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bocanegra today!
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Patient Review By Brenda W
I was very pleased with the entire staff and Dr. Boncanegra. They were all so friendly and helpful. I never felt anything from start to finish and have had no pain afterwards. He is absolutely great and cares about his patients. He explained everything he had to do in detail. I have never been to a better dentist and the first time I've never had any pain. Thanks to the entire staff!!! Brenda Williams, Ft. Myers, Fl.
- Brenda W
Patient Review By Lillian Carrero
Desde el día 1 hasta el final del proceso, que han sido 6 semanas consecutivas, puedo decir que le he pasado espectacular. Me han hecho reír y disfrutar el momento. Cada uno del staff , incluyendo a la esposa del Doctor Bocanegra, son un amor. De verdad que son un team perfecto. Especial gracias a la bella asistente del doctor Joselyn... Esa Niña, ha estado ahí haciendo su trabajo, pero tambien levanto mis ánimos el último día. Bella chica dentro y afuera. Ando muy feliz con ustedes , lograron que el momento tan difícil se conviertiera en uno fantástico. Gracias... Los veo en un par de días...
- Lillian Carrero
Patient Review By Bob C
after splitting a tooth the evening before I walked into your office early the next morning--not as a patient --after some jugging by you and your staff--you took the time out of your very busy schedule to see me--after x-rays showed the tooth had to come out--once again you took the time to pull it--which really helped--I just wanted to thank you and your staff for taking the time to take care of me--both you and your staff are a credit to your profession--the next time I walk into your office it will as a regular patient--thank you--Bob C (PS--I would recommend you and your staff to anyone)
- Bob C
Patient Review By Mary H
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Patient Review By Mary H
This was the best dental appointment I have ever had, and I am 81 years old! The Doctor was so kind,( and this was a emergency) he couldn't have been any nicer. He was as gentle as he could be, patient with me, and very professional. I feel blessed to have found such a caring Dentist here in Florida, and would not hesitate to recommend him. I give him 5 stars!!!!!
- Mary H