Although dentists do everything they can to save teeth, sometimes an extraction is necessary. An impacted tooth, overcrowded teeth, or irreparably broken teeth need to be removed and replaced with a dental prosthesis. Our staff at Wang + Cortes Dental in Tampa, FL, take every precaution to ensure that you’re comfortable throughout the procedure.
After providing sedation so that patients are comfortable during the procedure, extractions take place using manual tools like lifters to lift the tooth so that dental forceps can get a good grip on it. Then, the dentist will rock the tooth back and forth until it comes loose, and they can remove it from the socket.
However, some dentists now use laser technology to remove their teeth much quicker than the manual technique. Using a laser allows for removing difficult teeth by sectioning them so that each section gets removed individually. The patients still get sedation to make sure they are comfortable throughout the procedure.
Our dentists at Wang + Cortes Dental also use laser technology for extractions because it is more comfortable for patients in Tampa, FL, and it causes less bleeding. As the laser works to remove the tooth, it cauterizes the blood vessels as it goes. The laser extraction technique can also reduce bacterial infections.
Another positive aspect of using laser technology to remove teeth is that it minimizes the damage to the soft tissues surrounding the tooth. Less damage means less time for healing. Once the implant or bridge goes in place to replace the tooth, you will get its function back much quicker than using a manual extraction technique.
If you have teeth damaged by decay or trauma, have our dentists at Wang + Cortes Dental in Tampa, FL, do an assessment of them to find out if you need extractions or if they can save them. If they are not salvageable, then we can do a laser extraction to remove them.
We can replace your teeth with implants, a bridge, or other dental prostheses to give you back your teeth’s function and keep your smile looking beautiful.