Tooth Extractions in Tampa: Gentle Care at Upshaw Dental Studio

At Upshaw Dental Studio, we make it a priority to preserve natural teeth. But sometimes dental extractions may be necessary in certain situations to ensure the overall health and well-being of our patients. When dental extractions are necessary, our Tampa dentist will take steps to ensure your comfort and plan for prompt tooth replacement, ensuring the best long-term results.

Tooth Extractions in Tampa, FL - Upshaw Dental Studio

When it's Best to Pull a Tooth

Dental extractions are recommended when the tooth/teeth are damaged beyond possible repair. Here are some situations where Dr. Upshaw may recommend an extraction:

  • Severe Decay: If a tooth is extensively decayed and cannot be restored through other dental procedures such as fillings, crowns, or root canals, extraction may be necessary to prevent the spread of infection to surrounding teeth.
  • Advanced Gum Disease (Severe Periodontitis): In cases where periodontal disease has progressed to an advanced stage, tooth extraction may be required to preserve the health of the remaining teeth and prevent the progression of bone loss.
  • Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth are often impacted or trapped due to lack of space. This scenario can lead to pain, infection, and damage to nearby teeth.
  • Injuries: Teeth that have been fractured or severely damaged due to accidents or sports injuries may need to be extracted if they cannot be saved or repaired.

Ruling Out Other Options

Before recommending a tooth extraction, Dr. Maria Upshaw will thoroughly evaluate your condition and explore alternative treatment options whenever possible. Preserving natural teeth is always a priority, and extractions are only recommended when they are the most appropriate and beneficial course of action. Dr. Upshaw will discuss the reasons for extraction, provide detailed information about the procedure, and address any concerns you may have.

Tooth Extractions in Tampa, FL - Upshaw Dental Studio
Tooth Extractions in Tampa, FL - Upshaw Dental Studio

Reasons to Replace Your Missing Tooth

After a tooth extraction, it is important to consider replacing the missing tooth (except for wisdom teeth.) If you were to leave the space open, the adjacent teeth will begin to shift out of alignment, which can cause overall bite concerns, TMJ issues, and even bone loss in that area. In time, tooth loss also contributes to premature aging in your face, due to the lack of support behind your lips and cheeks. By preserving your bite alignment and replacing any missing teeth, you can prolong the health and function of your overall smile.

Sedation Options Available

Your dentist in Tampa offers sedation dentistry in Tampa to ensure a relaxed and comfortable experience during your dental extraction. Depending on your needs and preferences, you can choose from nitrous oxide sedation (commonly known as "laughing gas") or oral conscious sedation. Adding sedation to your appointment helps minimize anxiety, discomfort, and sensitive gag reflexes.

Tooth Extractions in Tampa, FL - Upshaw Dental Studio

Request a Consultation

At Upshaw Dental Studio in Tampa, FL, Dr. Maria Upshaw and her caring team prioritize patient comfort and oral health when performing dental extractions. With a comprehensive approach, they thoroughly evaluate each case to determine the necessity of an extraction and explore alternative options when appropriate.

Call our office today to request an appointment!