Gentle, proactive tooth extractions support your healthy, happy smile in Clearwater and Seminole, FL

Like your appendix or tailbone, wisdom teeth are “vestigial organs.” They serve no functional purpose. Yet, when something goes awry with these structures, they can cause a lot of pain and even threaten your health. Fortunately, due to the proactive approach that Boulevard Dental takes to these third or last molars, wisdom teeth never have to keep you up at night, interfere with your day to day, or cause serious damage to surrounding teeth and other parts of your body.

Tooth extractions for wisdom teeth in Clearwater and Seminole, FL

Not all wisdom teeth cause problems and present threats to your health. If the teeth break through the gums or erupt properly, we will not make recommendations to remove them. After all, if it isn’t broke, why fix it? If, however, our dentists Drs Wujick, Moss, Kopakin and Castillo find that these teeth are “stuck,” either partially or fully encased underneath the gums, we might recommend removal. Proactive extraction prevents pain and potential complications, such as damage to the neighboring teeth. Trapped wisdom teeth can push up against their neighbors. The pressure from the teeth pushing up against the gums can also be quite intense.

Other types of tooth extractions

In general, our team makes every effort to preserve natural teeth. There is no better tooth in terms of appearance and function than a healthy, natural one. However, wisdom teeth are not necessary for healthy, efficient, and comfortable chewing and other functions. They are problematic because, by the time these last teeth erupt, there is often insufficient room for them to break through properly. In turn, these molars become partly or fully “impacted” beneath the gums. We may also recommend a tooth be extracted should decay or damage be present that is “beyond repair.” By that, the tooth cannot be preserved with means such as nonsurgical root canal therapy or other, surgical endodontic procedures. Often, severe decay may be present in those grooved and hard-to-reach back teeth: the first and second molars. We can often prevent damage to these teeth with preventive services, such as dental sealants, and with routine professional cleanings and check-ups to identify and treat problems early. Prompt and consistent care also prevents the need for emergency extraction. Oral infections do not simply “stay put”; they can travel to other parts of the body and even become dangerous systemic infections.

Tooth Removals: Nothing to fear

Dental extractions or tooth removals are common and straightforward. We may be able to simply lift a visible tooth from its socket. Surgical extraction may be necessary for teeth that are not visible or easy to access above the gumline. We will discuss options to keep you most relaxed and comfortable during treatment. The big takeaway: Do not wait until a problem arises to get the dental care that you need to be healthy and happy. Call us today Clearwater (727) 758-2898 or Seminole (727) 308-6224 to schedule your appointment.