Four Reasons Why a Patient May Require Tooth Extraction

The team of Agnini Family Dental is pleased to offer a variety of dental services for the entire household. Our four dentists, including Drs. Michael Agnini, Andrew Agnini, Ahmad Bhatti, and Donald Van, are committed to ensuring adults and children have access to necessary procedures, which may include dental extractions.

What are dental extractions?

Dental extraction is an oral surgery procedure performed if a tooth needs to be removed from the dental alveolus or socket. Most dentists will provide simple extractions, while specialized oral surgeons will often perform the surgical extractions. Simple extractions are the removal of a tooth that has erupted through the gum line and is accessible, while surgical extractions pull teeth that may be underneath the gum line.

When might I need a dental extraction?

Dental extractions may be required in a variety of situations. Below are four common reasons why a permanent, adult tooth may be removed by the team at Agnini Family Dental:

  • Irreparable damage to the tooth from severe caries – dental caries, or “cavities,” may form when patients do not maintain the health of their smile. These holes in the teeth may reach the dental pulp in the center of the tooth and infect a tooth. If root canal procedures are unable to fix the problem, patients may be faced with the need for extraction to keep the infection from spreading.
  • Loose teeth due to late-stage periodontal disease – periodontal disease is an infection that can cause the shrinking of tissues and bone, causing adult teeth to become loose. If these teeth cannot be reattached to the alveolar bone, they may need to be permanently extracted.
  • Impaction – teeth such as the wisdom teeth have a tendency to become impacted, which means they are “stuck” underneath the gum line. Impacted teeth will need to be removed during surgical extractions.
  • Prepare for orthodontic treatment – when patients experience overcrowding of the teeth in the mouth, an orthodontist may send the patient to a dentist for preparations. By removing extra teeth, the orthodontist can ensure that the smile can be realigned using the remaining teeth for a beautiful smile.
  • Learn more about dental extractions

At Agnini Family Dental, our professionals believe in providing top-notch, quality care, especially when it comes to providing comfortable extractions. If you may need to have one or more teeth pulled from the smile, we encourage you to book an appointment at our office. Call (863) 682-1500 and visit us at one of our two convenient locations in Lakeland, FL.

Are Fancy Toothbrushes Worth The Money?

Brushing your teeth two times a day for every day is important for good oral health and prevention of gum disease. But are you ever curious if you could be doing more for your teeth and their health? Maybe you’re considering upgrading to an electric toothbrush, but aren’t quite sure yet. Don’t run out to buy an expensive toothbrush set-up just yet. That’s because, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), both electric and manual toothbrushes are effective at removing the oral plaque which causes decay and eventual disease. Keep reading to learn more about electric toothbrushes and if you want to get one.

Electric toothbrushes are toothbrushes that have vibrating or rotating features to help remove plaque from teeth and gums. The vibration allows more micro-movements that clean your teeth every time you move your toothbrush. These can be useful, but are they necessary?

Effective at Removing Plaque

Many studies provide statistics that support the idea that electric toothbrushes do decrease the amount of plaque and gingivitis more than manual toothbrushes do. Consistency with brushing is key, and it may take a few months to really be able to tell your own results if you make the switch.

Easier to Use

Electric toothbrushes may be easier to use for some people, especially those who have mobility issues that impact their hands. If you are someone or you know someone who has mobility issues (including carpal tunnel, arthritis, developmental disabilities, or even multiple sclerosis) an electric toothbrush could be completely worth the price tag for you.

Timers

An electric toothbrush with a built-in timer can help you time your brushing and get the most out of your nighttime routine. If you brush your teeth long enough you can sufficiently remove plaque from your teeth and gums. If you rush through it, you may risk missing spots and leave plaque to gather.

Give us a call today at (863) 682-1500 to learn more about how to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful. We can give you more information about toothbrushes, and help you make a good decision for your oral health.

What Should I Expect at a Dental Cleaning?

Anxiety can keep you from seeing your dentist on a regular basis, but that can have unintended consequences. If you have a dental issue like a cavity, having it treated now can prevent further treatments or procedures that may end up being more invasive than you would like. We are gentle and will give you the best care imaginable (and we offer sedation dentistry). Keep reading to learn all about what happens at a dental cleaning, and why it’s nothing to fret about.

Before the Cleaning

Before the cleaning begins, the hygienist will ask you about any issues or sensitivity you may be currently experiencing. This ensures that we deliver the best, most comfortable experience possible for you and your teeth. If we know about issues beforehand, we can make sure to avoid causing pain that can come with a cavity, for example.

You may also be asked to have X-rays taken of your teeth. Seeing inside the teeth allows your dentist to determine the overall health of your mouth, and allows us to see changes  of your health as time goes on. Taking x-rays is a painless, easy procedure.

The Cleaning

Depending on how your dentist office works, your hygienist may use handheld tools or electronic tools to gently remove tartar and plaque buildup from your teeth. Though it may sound louder in your head, our hygienists are very gentle to avoid causing any harm or discomfort.

Examination

Your dentist will come in to examine your teeth. This is usually fairly quick, but if you have an issue they will discuss options to treat it with you. Cavities can be filled with minimal discomfort (if any) if they are caught early enough. If you need a root canal or other work, then we will discuss your next steps at that point.

If it’s been a while since you’ve had a cleaning (or you don’t remember when you had one last), then call us today to schedule a consultation at 863-682-1500. We can help you assess the health of your teeth and encourage the best dental health possible.

Cavities: Separating Fact from Fiction

General Dentistry Lakeland, FLNearly every American will have some form of tooth decay in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is a lot that you can do to prevent cavities. Unfortunately, there is also plenty of misinformation about cavities as well. By separating fact from fiction, you can be confident about your personal dental habits.

Fiction:I f I feel no pain, I don’t have a cavity
If your tooth begins to hurt, it could mean that the tooth decay has progressed and a root canal may be needed. The longer you go without a dental check up, the more painful and expensive the fix may be. Make sure you schedule regular dental exams so your dentist can look for the signs of tooth decay and fix the problem before it gets worse.

Fact: Sugar can cause cavities
Sugar can indeed cause cavities, but it is not sugar alone you should blame. Sugar is not only found in candies and cookies but in bread, fruit, potatoes and other foods as well. The sugars in these foods interact with the bacteria in your mouth to create acids that will eat at your teeth. With that in mind, it is increasingly important to practice daily dental care. Your dental routine should include brushing and rinsing twice a day as well as flossing once a day. If you fail to clean your teeth daily, plaque begins to form and can turn to acid when carb heavy foods are eaten.

Fiction: Sugar free food items don’t contribute to cavities
It is not just sugar that can create the perfect breeding ground for cavities, but anything that makes your mouth more acidic. For instance, having a sugar free soda is better than a sugary one, but all sodas have a low pH which creates tooth erosion.

Fact: You can’t stop a cavity once it starts
You can decrease the speed of decay and even stop it, but you can’t fully repair the damage once it is done.

Schedule a consultation

If it has been a while since you last dental check up and cleaning, call Agnini Family Dental to schedule your appointment. You can reach our office located in Lakeland, Florida by calling (863) 682-1500.

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