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Tooth Extractions – Crystal River, FL

Minimal Discomfort, Restored Oral Health

At Signature Dental Care of Crystal River, we know that no one is exactly enthused over the prospect of needing a tooth extraction. However, sometimes it is the most practical, safe, and efficient way to handle a dental emergency, like a severely decayed or damaged tooth. Our dentist in Crystal River, Dr. Lisa Schnell, has undergone advanced training at some of the world’s most prestigious institutes, including the Scottsdale Center for Dentistry, and is proud to bring the absolute best dental care to her community. Need immediate assistance? Contact our office!

Ceramic tooth lying next to dental tools

About Tooth Extractions

Closeup of dentist holding clean, extracted tooth

Tooth extractions sound menacing in theory. In reality, they are a relatively straightforward procedure designed to remove broken, cracked, or otherwise damaged teeth. However, they do much more than that! If you have a non-functional tooth, your dentist needs to create space in your mouth for an orthodontic treatment, or a tooth has been compromised by an advanced stage of periodontal disease, then extraction of one or more teeth may be incorporated into your treatment plan.

Surgical Dentistry

Emergency dentist in Crystal River conducting treatment

From extensive experience and clinical expertise to advanced training from world-renowned institutes across the country, Dr. Lisa Schnell has it all. Plus, her own fear of the dental office as a child is the driving force behind her friendly demeanor and anxiety-free approach to care. Whether the youngest member of your family needs a tooth extracted in preparation for braces, your teen needs their wisdom teeth removed, or anything in between, you can have peace of mind knowing your smile is in the best of hands. In short, only the latest in proven dental technology and the most advanced techniques will be used, ensuring your experience is as enjoyable as possible.

Wisdom Tooth Extractions

Illustration of impacted wisdom tooth

Although there is a small portion of the population that doesn’t have wisdom teeth, most of us can expect them to make an appearance between the ages of 17 and 26. Unfortunately, they are often impacted, don’t grow in straight, or there simply isn’t enough room in your mouth for them, resulting in pain, discomfort, and other unpleasant consequences. To prevent this from happening, Dr. Lisa Schnell will monitor them closely. If they begin to pose a problem, he will recommend having them removed.

Interested in learning more about tooth extractions? Wondering if your dental insurance will cover a portion of the procedure? Looking for an emergency dentist in Crystal River? We’d love to help! Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.

Tooth Extraction FAQs

woman getting tooth extractions in Crystal River

Although our permanent teeth are durable and designed to last, numerous factors could require them to be extracted. These reasons can involve teeth that are decayed, infected, or severely damaged. While this procedure is typically performed as a last resort, it’s important to understand as much about it as possible in advance. Fortunately, our team has amassed the most common questions our patients have about tooth extractions in Crystal River. If you don’t see the answers to your specific concerns, you can always contact our office so we can discuss them! 

Does Getting a Tooth Extraction Hurt?

The most common concern patients have is if their procedure will cause discomfort. However, with modern dentistry, you can be sure to undergo a comfortable and safe procedure. Dr. Lisa Schnell will first apply a numbing agent to your mouth to reduce or eliminate any uncomfortable sensations during your treatment. You may experience mild sensitivity or soreness after your appointment ends and the numbing effects fade. This can be alleviated with a cold compress or by taking OTC pain relievers. If it persists or worsens over time, be sure to contact Dr. Lisa Schnell right away.

What’s the Recovery Like for Tooth Extractions?

There will be a list of aftercare directions following your tooth removal. While rest is an essential part of any recovery, it’s also vital that you care for the blood clot that forms at the extraction site. This is to prevent other complications from starting, such as dry socket, injury, or infection. You’ll also have to avoid spitting or using a straw when drinking, as the pressure can interfere with the healing. Simple aftercare methods involve gently rinsing your mouth, eating soft foods, taking pain medication, and changing your gauze when needed. Though it varies from person to person, you should begin feeling better after around three days!

Can I Leave the Space Empty After a Tooth Extraction?

If you’re getting anything other than a wisdom tooth removed, then you should probably consider replacing it afterward. Even one missing tooth in the back of your mouth can significantly impact your speaking and chewing abilities. A drastic change in your diet and biting power can lead to poor nutrition and digestive issues, making a replacement tooth necessary for maintaining good dental health. For this reason, it’s best to schedule a consultation for a dental restoration once the extraction site has healed properly.

What Can I Do to Speed Up the Healing Time?

Making your recovery period go swiftly is a matter of avoiding interruptions. Be sure to rest frequently and keep away from intense physical activities that can increase blood flow to your mouth. You should also stay hydrated to avoid dry socket and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. While you can take OTC pain relievers to help manage any discomfort, make sure to take the ones Dr. Lisa Schnell recommends, as certain medications (like aspirin) can cause your blood to be thinner and slow down clotting. And if you have any further questions that aren’t listed here, feel free to call our office today!