Molars and wisdom teeth are the very last ones to emerge. And, they can also cause the most disruption. Sometimes, a tooth cannot be saved after experiencing damage or trauma. This makes an extraction, or removal, necessary.

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Do I Need an Extraction?

Extractions are an option when there is not much else that can be done to save a tooth and maintain optimal oral hygiene. You may need an extraction if you have an:

  • Impacted tooth: This is when your tooth is trapped beneath the jawbone or gums and is not exposing properly.
  • Crowding: Emerging teeth can cause shifting or cracking which is harmful for overall oral health.
  • Decay or Infection: When a tooth is affected by severe decay or bacteria buildups, sometimes removing the problem is the only way to eliminate further damage.


How Do I Care for an Extraction Area?

After undergoing an extraction, you will need a friend or family member to drive you home. Your dentist will have applied gauze once the extraction is complete. Once you arrive home, you will be required to rest with your head propped up on a pillow to prevent prolonged bleeding. Your gauze will need to be swapped out as it collects blood.

Pain medication and ice can be used as need be. If bleeding continues for over 24 hours, contact our office immediately. Lastly, avoid smoking and drinking through straws. Also, be sure to limit your diet to soft foods.

Sometimes our natural teeth cause complications as they grow in. Fortunately, our dentists at Family Dentistry of Boynton Beach can provide you with the highest quality care to ensure your dental health. If you have any dental health questions or concerns, contact us today!

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