Pulling Teeth Can Sometimes Save Your Smile

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If you are in the St. Petersburg, Florida area, we’d love to see your smiling face sometime over the summer. Around here, we treat locals and passersby alike. Importantly, we have all the tools, training, and technology necessary to keep up with your ever-changing oral health needs.

It may seem strange, but today we want to talk about pulling teeth.

Yes, on the surface this practice may appear to be a bit counterintuitive but, in certain situations, extractions really are necessary to keep the rest of your mouth healthy and looking great.

Here are some common scenarios…

Wisdom Teeth

If your wisdom teeth decide to break on through in a way that threatens the health of your surrounding teeth, we will move quickly to extract them and save your smile. This is the type of extractions that dentists handle the most frequently.


If there is severe damage or untreated tooth decay your restorative options become more and more limited. We will do our best to save your natural teeth whenever possible. But if the tooth is too far gone to be restored through a dental filling, root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, we may need to pull it out and pursue replacement options (like an implant procedure).


If periodontal disease has ravaged your gums and underlying bone, the tooth in question may be too loose to be saved by conventional gum disease treatment.

In such a situation, the tooth must be removed and replaced with an implant.


Complete dentures or overdentures (dentures supported by dental implants) span the entire arch, so tooth extraction may be necessary if you are getting all of your teeth replaced. It will make your replacement set fit better and feel more comfortable in your mouth.


Tooth extraction may be the best starting point if your mouth is overcrowded.This makes sense since braces do need room to be able to move your teeth into proper alignment.

A Pleasant Process

As you can see, there are many situations in which we would be able to help you save your smile by pulling teeth.

To ensure that you have as little pain and discomfort as possible, we will numb the gums around the tooth to be extracted and the tooth itself. You will also be able to get cozy during the procedure with our pillows, blankets, and headphones. Don’t worry, if you are still anxious about the procedure, we can also offer you some great sedation options to help put you more at ease.

After extracting the tooth, Dr. Spilman will personally pack the socket with gauze and send you home with specific follow up directions and any relevant prescriptions for antibiotics and pain relievers.

Learn More About Extractions In St. Petersburg!

If you still have questions, or you think you could benefit from an extraction, we’ve got you covered at Jeffrey A. Spilman DDS. Contact us online or call our St. Petersburg office at 727-645-4727 to schedule your consultation!

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