Tooth Extractions in Brandon, FL

Patient with bad tooth pain at dentist in Brandon, FLAt Walker & Barr, DMD, we are on a mission to help our patients enjoy lifelong healthy smiles. While our goal is to restore decayed, broken, or infected teeth, sometimes a tooth extraction is the healthiest and safest approach.

We have seen patients at our dental office in Brandon, FL, for over 50 years, and nobody wants to hear they need a tooth extraction. With a focus on patient comfort, a warm and comforting environment, a caring dental team, and the latest technology, we can provide a stress-free experience.  

Why Tooth Extraction Is Necessary

Dr. David Walker or Dr. Sarah Barr might recommend removing a tooth in the following situations:

  • A tooth with extensive decay can't be restored
  • A tooth infection is too advanced to treat with a root canal
  • A tooth broke off below the gum line and can't be repaired
  • A wisdom tooth is crowding surrounding teeth
  • One or more teeth need to be removed for dentures or implants

The only way to know if you need a tooth extraction is to schedule an appointment with our implant dentists. Dr. Barr or Dr. Walker will take an x-ray to check the tooth; if they can't save it, they will explain the oral health benefits of removing it. 

If you like, we can also discuss tooth replacement at this time. It's often helpful to look forward to a beautiful, complete smile while recovering from tooth removal.

Comfortable, Stress-Free Tooth Extractions in Brandon

Our fantastic dental team's one goal during these appointments is to ensure that you have a safe, comfortable procedure. They understand that facing tooth extraction can be stressful and are very caring and attentive to our patients' needs. 

We can get you settled comfortably in the dental chair with amenities like neck pillows and blankets. If there's anything else we can do to improve your experience, please don't hesitate to let our team know.

If you are nervous or have dental anxiety, calming nitrous oxide (laughing gas) can help you relax through your procedure.

Our dentists in Brandon, FL will use a powerful local anesthetic to ensure the tooth is completely numb before they begin your procedure. You will experience some pressure, but you won't feel any pain. The anesthetic is long-lasting, so it will keep you comfortable and pain-free for several hours after your appointment.

Steps to Take after Tooth Extraction

Woman relaxing at dental office in Brandon, FLProper self-care after a tooth extraction is crucial to avoid painful complications. We strongly recommend taking the day off and giving your body time to recover and heal.

Before you leave our office, we'll provide post-procedure instructions, including:

  • Bite down on the provided gauze pad for about an hour to control bleeding.
  • Elevate your head when resting.
  • You can brush but avoid the extraction site.
  • Don't use a straw or smoke cigarettes or you risk dislodging the healing clot that's forming.
  • Stick to a diet of soft foods like pudding and yogurt for the first 24 hours.
  • Avoid strenuous activity for the first 24 hours.

You can minimize discomfort by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen or one recommended by your doctor. If you experience any complications like severe pain or excessive bleeding, do not hesitate to call us so we can help you!

Contact Your Dentists in Brandon, FL Today!

If you are in pain or have a badly broken or decayed tooth and think you need a tooth extraction, please contact our Brandon, FL, dental office at (813) 689-5928. We offer emergency tooth extractions, and a member of our team can help determine your needs.

We are also pleased to serve friends and neighbors in the surrounding communities of Valrico, Riverview, Seffner, Plant City, Apollo Beach, Tampa, and beyond.