Tooth Extractions Clearwater FL

Tooth Extraction

A tooth extraction refers to the procedure of removing a tooth from its socket. Ask your dentist about socket preservation.

Reasons for Pulling Teeth

Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed. A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired. Other reasons include:

A crowded mouth. Sometimes dentists pull teeth to prepare the mouth for orthodontia. The goal of orthodontia is to properly align the teeth, which may not be possible if your teeth are too big for your mouth. Likewise, if a tooth cannot break through the gum (erupt) because there is not room in the mouth for it, your dentist may recommend pulling it.

Infection.  If tooth decay or damage extends to the pulp — the center of the tooth containing nerves and blood vessels — bacteria in the mouth can enter the pulp, leading to infection. Often this can be corrected with root canal therapy (RCT), but if the infection is so severe that antibiotics or RCT do not cure it, extraction may be needed to prevent the spread of infection.

Risk of infection. If your immune system is compromised (for example, if you are receiving chemotherapy or are having an organ transplant), even the risk of infection in a particular tooth may be reason enough to pull the tooth.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease. If periodontal disease — an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth — have caused loosening of the teeth, it may be necessary to the pull the tooth or teeth.

What to Expect With Tooth Extractions

Dentists and oral surgeons (dentists with special training to perform surgery) perform tooth extractions. Before pulling the tooth, your dentist will give you an injection of a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. If you are having more than one tooth pulled or if a tooth is impacted, your dentist may use a strong general anesthetic. This will prevent pain throughout your body and make you sleep through the procedure.

If the tooth is impacted, the dentist will cut away gum and bone tissue that cover the tooth and then, using forceps, grasp the tooth and gently rock it back and forth to loosen it from the jaw bone and ligaments that hold it in place. Sometimes, a hard-to-pull tooth must be removed in pieces.

Once the tooth has been pulled, a blood clot usually forms in the socket. The dentist will pack a gauze pad into the socket and have you bite down on it to help stop the bleeding. Sometimes the dentist will place a few stitches — usually self-dissolving — to close the gum edges over the extraction site.

Sometimes, the blood clot in the socket breaks loose, exposing the bone in the socket. This is a painful condition called dry socket. If this happens, your dentist will likely place a sedative dressing over the socket for a few days to protect it as a new clot forms.

What to Tell Your Dentist Before You Have a Tooth Pulled

Although having a tooth pulled is usually very safe, the procedure can allow harmful bacteria into the bloodstream. Gum tissue is also at risk of infection. If you have a condition that puts you at high risk for developing a severe infection, you may need to take antibiotics before and after the extraction. Before having a tooth pulled, let your dentist know your complete medical history, the medications and supplements you take, and if you have one of the following:

  • Damaged or man-made heart valves
  • Congenital heart defect
  • Impaired immune system
  • Liver disease (cirrhosis)
  • Artificial joint, such as a hip replacement
  • History of bacterial endocarditis

 After You’ve Had a Tooth Pulled

Following an extraction, your dentist will send you home to recover. Recovery typically takes a few days. The following can help minimize discomfort, reduce the risk of infection, and speed recovery.

  • Take painkillers as prescribed.
  • Bite firmly but gently on the gauze pad placed by your dentist to reduce bleeding and allow a clot to form in the tooth socket. Change gauze pads before they become soaked with blood. Otherwise, leave the pad in place for three to four hours after the extraction.
  • Apply an ice bag to the affected area immediately after the procedure to keep down swelling. Apply ice for 10 minutes at a time.
  • Relax for at least 24 hours after the extraction. Limit activity for the next day or two.
  • Avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully for 24 hours after the extraction to avoid dislodging the clot that forms in the socket.
  • After 24 hours, rinse with your mouth with a solution made of 1/2 teaspoon salt and 8 ounces of warm water.
  • Do not drink from a straw for the first 24 hours.
  • Do not smoke, which can inhibit healing.
  • Eat soft foods, such as soup, pudding, yogurt, or applesauce the day after the extraction. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as the extraction site heals.
  • When lying down, prop your head with pillows. Lying flat may prolong bleeding.
  • Continue to brush and floss your teeth, and brush your tongue, but be sure to avoid the extraction site. Doing so will help prevent infection.

When to Call the Dentist

It is normal to feel some pain after the anesthesia wears off. For 24 hours after having a tooth pulled, you should also expect some swelling and residual bleeding. However, if either bleeding or pain is still severe more than four hours after your tooth is pulled, you should call your dentist. You should also call your dentist if you experience any of the following:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Redness, swelling, or excessive discharge from the affected area
  • Cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or severe nausea or vomiting

The initial healing period usually takes about one to two weeks. New bone and gum tissue will grow into the gap. Over time, however, having a tooth (or teeth) missing can cause the remaining teeth to shift, affecting your bite and making it difficult to chew. For that reason, your dentist may advise replacing the missing tooth or teeth with an implant, fixed bridge, or denture.

SOURCES:
Weill Cornell Medical College, department of surgery: “Dental Extraction.”
American Dental Association: “Tooth Extractions.”
Kaiser Permanente: “Tooth Extraction for Gum Disease.”
WebMD Medical Reference: “Tooth Extraction for Gum Disease.”

Yelp Reviews

FeatherSound Smiles
5.0
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Ingrid R.
Ingrid R.
2017-12-27 18:08:52
Absolutely love this dental team! Was totally afraid of going to the dentist after multiple horrid experiences (drilling through tooth, left a particle...
Brandy R.
Brandy R.
2017-12-09 00:21:33
By far the BEST dental experience I've had in 38 years. The whole staff is just AMAZING! I made a first time appointment for myself and my son and I thought...
James T.
James T.
2017-12-08 12:05:44
Clean, polite staff, professional. Close to my home, too.
Laura R.
Laura R.
2017-08-16 15:02:09
This is my first review on yelp after being on here since the beginning. I went to Feathersound Smiles after an unfortunate encounter with a different...
Kenna E.
Kenna E.
2017-03-28 15:03:00
My Husband and I drive 45 minutes out of our way to see Dr. Amir and his staff because they are the best!!! Always a great experience and they are very...
Sheila C.
Sheila C.
2016-12-09 16:03:08
The staff is awesome. I enjoy going to their office because they make your experience worth it. I will tell all my friends and coworkers to come here.
Jessica R.
Jessica R.
2016-08-04 09:19:05
Best dentist in town! Staff cares about their patients. Dr. Daoud takes the time to explain your treatment plan and makes sure you're well-informed. Office...

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Excellent, professional service from the entire staff. Dr. and assistant reviewed the entire process before and after the treatment. all very personable as well. Pleasure to deal with. Highly recommend.
David Itzkowitz
David Itzkowitz
22:07 27 Aug 18
I thought having my teeth cleaned was supposed to hurt. Turns out I was just getting bad service. Today I had my teeth cleaned Emily at Feather Sound Smiles. She was awesome, and may be the only person I ever let stick a pointed instrument in my mouth again. Dr. Amir is pretty cool too.
Lane Kent
Lane Kent
20:57 20 Aug 18
That was the greatest dentist experience in my life! I will recommend you guys to everyone! Amazing and very professional team! Thank you so much!
yana molchanova
yana molchanova
12:39 17 Aug 18
These guys are great! The facility is super clean, the technology they use is impressive, and the staff are friendly. I always feel like family when I go back for my check-ups. I definitely would recommend FeatherSound Smiles to anyone looking for a dentist in the North St. Pete/Clearwater area.
Tatianna Sobers
Tatianna Sobers
21:16 16 Jul 18
I have had a lot of dental work done over the years and always dread going to the dentist. This was the best dental visit I have ever had. Every staff member was professional and extremely friendly. They took their time, explained things thoroughly and answered all of my questions. Sarah is an amazing hygienist, Diana who did my initial x-rays was great, Lynda at the front desk was very helpful especially in setting up my initial appointment and answering questions about the practice. I can't say enough about Dr. Daoud . He is so friendly and easy to talk to. He answered my questions and eased a lot of my fears. I have definitely found my new dental home and I don't think I will ever dread another visit to the dentist. Thank you all for making my first visit so pleasant.
Kim Duarte
Kim Duarte
14:56 09 Jul 18
As a 62 year old, I've been to many dentist in my time. I can say without a doubt that the team at Feather Sound Smiles is the absolute best I've ever encountered. They use the most modern equipment in dentistry and use automation wherever possible. The entire staff are very courteous and kind. They have set the new standard in dentistry!
William Schuyler
William Schuyler
17:47 04 Jul 18
Dr Daoud and his staff are really good. I have been going to this place almost two years now, its a great place for all kind of dental issues.
Namrata Yadav
Namrata Yadav
00:20 03 Jul 18
Dr Daoud and his staff are great. Very professional care in a laid back atmosphere. I moved from St Pete to Odessa a year ago but still come here for my dental care.
Wil Price
Wil Price
01:58 20 Jun 18
These guys are amazing! Today was my first time going there and I got my exam, cleaning, fillings and invisiline scanning all in one. The cherry on top was Dr. Daoud putting on the world cup game as I was getting cavities filled. I didnt miss a second. I used to dread going to the dentists, but everyone there truly makes me want to go back every month. I might just go back tomorrow to watch the next game with him!
Philipp Karasch
Philipp Karasch
21:03 18 Jun 18
We have been going to FeatherSound for about 2 years. My son is almost done with the teen Invisalign and my daughter has had many fillings and caps. They are always honest, professional and caring. I don’t feel the wait has ever been unreasonable. Their prices are less than our previous dentist in Palm Harbor, let’s face it dental work is not cheap. My husband is having implants with Feathersound now, I will update this after he is done. We are very happy with FeatherSound.
Krista W
Krista W
16:29 28 May 18
Dr. Daoud and his staff are very professional. Dr. Daoud is knowledgeable and friendly. Most efficient Dentist office I’ve been at. Sarah the hygienist is awesome. She knows what she’s doing. She makes sure you are comfortable during the whole process and she is very informative about the process as well as your specific dental needs or issues. Lynda makes sure everything runs smoothly at office management wise, she has amazing customer service skills. I highly recommend them. Truly exceptional!!
Ricky Kureti
Ricky Kureti
21:54 24 May 18
Very accommodating, friendly and gave me a great cleaning. I actually enjoyed my dental visit. I have found my new dentist. I definitely recommend them to anyone looking.
Rodney Ondrus
Rodney Ondrus
22:15 18 Apr 18
So happy I found Dr. Amir and his wonderful staff. Excellent care in a warm and friendly,y environment. Everyone is so caring and kind. Couldn’t be happier.
Suzette Ungvarsky
Suzette Ungvarsky
00:37 10 Apr 18
Amazing dentist office. Dentist Amir is smart, funny and kind. In fact everyone there is extremely kind, from the front desk to Sarah the dental hygienist to everyone I've met there, but not like overly nice kind. More of a genuine kind attitude you don't find very often. You can tell they actually care about you/your teeth there and they don't push work you don't need. Equipment there is top notch and staff is extremely experienced. Keep up the fantastic work.
M Johnson
M Johnson
04:59 21 Mar 18
I love it here! Best dentist in the Bay area.I had a really bad experience with my previous dentist, which made my jaw issues 10X worse. Fast Forward 2 years, after 1 appointment with Feather Sound Smiles, I not only have beautiful clean teeth but my jaw pain is completely gone! I can't believe it. They taught me how to relax my jaw and not clench all day long. Highly recommended. In & out of a cleaning, under 30 minutes.
Mary D'Alesandro
Mary D'Alesandro
21:08 21 Feb 18
Highly Recommend! This place is clean, friendly, professional, and punctual! I interacted with Alex, Dr. Amir, and Sarah. Had genuine conversations with me, gentle with the cleaning process, and spoke about my concerns in depth. Any questions or concerns you may have, this place can guide you towards the right direction. It was my first visit at this dentist office and I will make it my only dentist practice. They don't rush you out, they make you feel comfortable. Great staffing. If you're looking for a professional dentists office, come here.
Sofia Sanchez
Sofia Sanchez
16:00 30 Jan 18
Being new to the area Feather Sound Smiles was recommended to me. My first visit went smoothly and I couldn’t say enough good things about Dr. Daoud and his staff. They were super nice, friendly and very professional. They have the latest technology on site and my root canal took only a couple of hours from start to finish. I walked out with my permanent crown in place. Phenomenal job!
nada mishrik
nada mishrik
17:53 09 Jan 18
Absolutely love this dental team! Was totally afraid of going to the dentist after multiple horrid experiences (drilling through tooth, left a particle under a filling, numbed my mouth, allergic reaction). But alas, teeth need to be cared for. Been coming to this office since 2011, absolutely love the team, especially Sarah! She is always so thorough and helpful. I especially like how they don't try to "sell" me anything new and provide me with a tooth care/maintenance plan to help my teeth get healthier between visits. Recommend them to all my friends and family!
Ingrid Rodriguez
Ingrid Rodriguez
02:07 28 Dec 17
This office is clean, comfortable and the staff is extremely friendly and caring! I had a great experience and won’t go anywhere else! I would recommend them to anyone. If you don’t like going to the dentist you should definitely try Feather Sound, they will make you feel right at home! Dr. Daoud was extremely knowledgeable and Emily the hygienist was a pleasure.
Rachel Fontana
Rachel Fontana
02:51 19 Dec 17
Fantastic service from everyone. Establishing as a new patient was an enjoyable process. I went in for a cleaning and was told my mouth was "boring." They gave great information and didn't offer anything I didn't need. Glad I found them.
Matt Schneller
Matt Schneller
16:16 29 Nov 17
Excellent experience on my first visit today.! Dr. Daoud was very knowledgeable, personable and up front about my dental needs. Every person I encountered was extremely friendly, warm, welcoming and knowledgeable. I have had an astounding number of dental/orthodontic treatments in my life and this was by far one of my best experiences all around.
Mandy Paige
Mandy Paige
02:52 22 Nov 17
I can't say enough nice things about Dr. Daoud and his dentistry practice. He and his his staff are excellent, always friendly and extremely professional. His practice epitomizes the next generation in general and cosmetic dentistry. His technology is far superior to any other dentist I've experienced. More impressive is his care and attention to each patient. That's why our entire family has switched and are now patients. I feel comfortable saying he's the best dentist in the Tampa Bay area.
vincent fabrizzi
vincent fabrizzi
23:17 23 Oct 17
We just moved back to the area and our son recommended Dr. Daoud. For those of you that actually read these...I too had a filling drilled out and refilled. After an accident in the early 70's, I've had copious amounts of dental work completed. Old work sometimes, has to be replaced and with the technology today, the filling replaced yesterday will probably be outlast the car I bought last year and cost a lot less. Lynda greeted me with an early morning smile, Alex led me through the procedures and assisted Dr. Daoud with my filling, and Sara made my cleaning, irrigation, fluoride treatment a dream. Thank you for my first appointment being so comfortable and professional!
tim miller
tim miller
14:04 18 Oct 17
Thank you for taking great care of our family! Invisalign was well worth it, Our smiles thank you.
Lauren Gavrelis
Lauren Gavrelis
02:16 21 Sep 17
A friend recommended this dentist. They were kind, thorough, detailed, and very welcoming. The best part they actually cared.
mary gill
mary gill
11:37 13 Jul 17
Great Dentist! Dr Daoud did a procedure to remove two teeth and place dental implants. He took the time and fully explained each step of the process. Very knowledgeable and I feel I received the best and most advanced care available for dental implants. He did a great job and I am very happy with the procedure and everyone in the office was very professional, friendly and did a great job.
Jeff Brunozzi
Jeff Brunozzi
22:48 22 Jun 17
Dr Amir Daoud is hands down one of the best dentists we have ever met. He treated my husband and we're very happy with his quality of work, his personable mannerism, and the lengths that he takes to make sure his patients are okay. We highly recommended him.
Yolanda Moayedi
Yolanda Moayedi
20:37 20 Jun 17
This practice truly stands out among all of the places I have been. From exceptional hygienists who go the extra mile to make sure your experience is a good one, to Dr. Dauod taking the time to explain the treatment options that are best for you. It is has been evident on numerous occasions that his advice to me had my best interest at heart. I have had bad experiences with other practices in the past who have tried to put their bottom line first, so it is refreshing to have finally found an establishment that I can truly trust. Thank you for everything!
Mark Stone
Mark Stone
19:20 21 May 17

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