Ronald C. Kobernick, DDS, MScD, PA
Periodontics
10601 Seminole Blvd, Largo, FL & 111 2nd Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, FL
727-397-8503

Extractions

The extraction of teeth may be necessary for a number of reasons:

  • Severe undermining decay which makes the tooth unstable
  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Severe breakdown which is not repairable
  • Poorly positioned teeth (such as those which are severely tipped)
  • Preparation for orthodontic treatment

The removal of a single tooth without its replacement can lead to subsequent problems involving esthetic compromise, diminished chewing ability, problems with your TMJ (jaw joint), and shifting of teeth, all of which can have a major impact on your dental situation.

To avoid these complications, Dr. Kobernick will always discuss options for the replacement of teeth to be extracted prior to their removal.

Procedure

At the time of extraction, topical (gel) anesthetic will be applied, and local anesthetic injected into the area of the extraction. The gum tissue around the tooth to be removed is elevated to allow access to the tooth root and surrounding bone. During the extraction process, you will feel mild pressure as the hopeless tooth is gently loosened. Typically, Dr. Kobernick will create a small channel in a portion of the adjacent bone to allow space for the tooth to be removed so that only minimal pressure is necessary. You will feel no soreness as the tooth is removed, and Dr. Kobernick will always provide more anesthetic if you ever feel any discomfort.

Dr. Kobernick will section (divide) back teeth prior to their removal. This allows the tooth to be removed with minimal pressure, preserving all of the socket (surrounding) bone for better long-term results.

A bone graft (using cadaver bone) is typically inserted into the socket after the extraction to preserve the dimension (size) of the extraction site. Dissolvable sutures will be placed at the end of the procedure.

Replacing teeth with:

10601 Seminole Blvd., Largo, FL 33778 P: 727-397-8503 F: 727-398-2679

390 4th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 P: 727-397-8503