The Patient's Guide to Tooth Extraction

Your dentist may discuss tooth extraction with you to improve your dental health. Tooth extraction can be performed painlessly and full recovery takes one to two weeks. Discuss your extraction procedure beforehand with your dentist in order to understand the specific circumstances of your procedure and any special aftercare instructions.

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Reasons for Tooth Extraction
Tooth extractions are required for a number of reasons. If a tooth has become deeply infected or damaged, your dentist may suggest removal. Severe gum disease can also damage the tissues holding your tooth in place, causing it to become unstable. In some cases, the patient’s mouth may not have sufficient room for all permanent teeth, particularly the wisdom teeth. If these teeth are impacted or will cause crowding, your dentist may also suggest removing them.

The Tooth Extraction Procedure
Depending on your procedure, your tooth extraction may be performed under local or general anesthesia. Talk to your dentist if you have any health concerns, including heart or liver trouble. During your procedure, your dentist will remove any bone and gum tissue necessary to extract the tooth. In some cases, the tooth is broken into smaller pieces to facilitate easier removal. After your extraction, your dentist may place stitches in your gums.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Pain and swelling can be managed with over-the-counter medication and ice. Keep your head elevated and avoid smoking, using a straw, rinsing your mouth, or spitting for 24 hours. If you experience any further bleeding, bite down gently on a gauze pad. Brush and floss normally, but avoid the extraction site for a few days. Contact your dentist if your extraction site continues to bleed after 24 hours or if you experience a fever, nausea, or other signs of infection.

At Sanford Dental Excellence, Dr. Seidler and his experienced team will explain your extraction procedure and address your questions and concerns. We offer a variety of dental sedation options to ensure a safe and comfortable procedure. Schedule your appointment with us by calling (407) 320-1700 or filling out our online contact form. 


How to Properly Brush Your Teeth

Tooth brushing is a key component of a healthy daily oral care routine. Brushing your teeth properly ensures that you gain the maximum benefit to prevent cavities and gum disease.

This video explains in detail the proper way to brush your teeth. Brush twice a day for two minutes each time. The choice to use a manual or electric toothbrush is up to you, as either will do a sufficient job when used properly. Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush; when your toothbrush begins fraying, replace it with a new one.

You can get more tooth brushing tips for healthier teeth from the dental team at Sanford Dental Excellence. We specialize in sensational smiles and comfortable dental care to meet all of your needs. You can learn more about our dedication to dental excellence by calling (407) 320-1700 or visiting our website. 


What Are the Different Stages of Gum Disease?

Gum disease affects nearly half of Americans over the age of 30. This inflammatory disease has been linked to other health issues, including heart disease and diabetes. It’s important to recognize the signs of gum disease and consult your dentist for treatment to prevent irreversible damage to your dental and overall health.

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Gingivitis
Gingivitis is the earliest and mildest stage of gum disease. This condition is caused by an inflammatory reaction to the buildup of dental plaque on your teeth. Gingivitis is marked by gums that bleed during flossing, brushing, or eating. You may also notice your gums appear swollen and dark red or purple, and they may feel tender to the touch. While this discomfort may prompt you to brush or floss less, good dental hygiene and a professional dental cleaning are necessary to prevent gingivitis from advancing.

Periodontitis
Periodontitis is the second stage of gum disease, which occurs if gingivitis is left untreated. As the bacteria in your mouth continue to multiply, they produce toxins that cause the body to begin attacking its own tissues. This causes the breakdown of healthy gum and connective tissues, causing the gums to pull away from your teeth and expose the tooth roots. You may notice that your teeth appear longer and are sensitive to hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks.

Advanced Periodontitis
During the third and final stage of gum disease, the bone and connective tissues of the jaws begin to deteriorate rapidly. The gums continue to pull away from the teeth, creating deeper pockets that harbor bacteria. Eventually, your teeth may feel loose or begin to shift as the tissues holding them in your mouth are permanently damaged. Although this damage is irreversible, your dentist can treat the infection and stabilize or replace loose or lost teeth to restore your smile.

If you are concerned about gum disease, contact Sanford Dental Excellence of Orlando by calling (407) 320-1700 today. We offer comprehensive dental care and non-surgical gum treatment to combat periodontal disease. You can find more information about gum disease and how your dentist can restore your healthy smile on our website. 


Learn More About Caring for Your Teeth with These Great Resources

Sanford Dental Excellence offers a range of general and cosmetic dentistry services for all Lake Mary residents. Find out why our customers consistently rank us above all the rest by calling us today at (407) 320-1700. 

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  • Check out this page from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry to find out more about teeth whitening and the causes of tooth discoloration.
  • Read through this factsheet from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons if you are considering dental implants to restore your smile.
  • If you suffer from extreme anxiety or even a dental phobia, try out these coping tips from the Huffington Post to make your trip to the dentist more manageable.
  • Check out the American Dental Association’s statement on athletic mouthguards here.
  • Find out more about the importance of wearing a mouthguard with this article from NationwideChildrens.org.


Oral Sedation vs. IV Sedation: What Are the Differences?

If you have extreme anxiety, certain physical limitations, or extensive treatment needs, your dentist may recommend oral or IV sedation to help you get through your dental procedure. From our accommodating office space to our modern equipment, Sanford Dental Excellence is committed to making your experience as comfortable as possible. Prepare for your dental procedure by educating yourself about the differences between oral and IV sedation:

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Oral Sedation
Do you have high anxiety, back or neck problems, or simply the desire to have your dental work done while you are relaxed? If so, oral sedation may be perfect for you. This type of sedation is appropriate for patients who have difficulty becoming numb, those who require extensive treatment, and those who have been reluctant to complete treatment plans in the past. Oral sedation gives most patients a feeling of deep physical and psychological relaxation. During oral sedation, your dentist will give you an oral sedative to produce a very drowsy, sleepy state. You will be conscious throughout the procedure.

IV Sedation
While oral sedation is convenient, it is not right for everyone. Some patients react differently to standard doses, making it difficult to precisely predict the amount of medicine a patient needs to relax. IV sedation is true conscious sedation and is recommended for patients who require multiple procedures in the course of a single appointment or who suffer from extreme anxiety or dental phobias. Your dentist will administer a quick-acting sedative intravenously and will monitor your blood pressure, oxygen saturation, pulse, and respiratory rate. You will remain conscious throughout IV sedation.

Are you in the market for a new dentist in Orlando? Whether you are considering Invisalign to straighten your teeth or require a more advanced treatment like dental implants, take the first step toward a happier, healthier smile by calling Sanford Dental Excellence at (407) 320-1700 today. You can learn more about our sleep dentistry options on our website.


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