Tooth Extractions – Gainesville, FL
Comfortable and Safe Tooth Extractions
At Exceptional Dentistry & Sedation Center, we try our best to preserve our patients’ natural teeth whenever possible. However, there are some circumstances when the best option is to remove one or more teeth. Don’t worry, we’ll make sure you are nice and numb and possibly sedated for any potential tooth extractions in Gainesville. If your tooth has been giving your problems, contact us to determine whether tooth extractions from our Gainesville, FL dentist are the right treatment for you.
Why Your Tooth May Need to Be Extracted
There are several reasons that your tooth may need to be removed, such as:
- To remove extra teeth that are blocking other teeth from coming in
- To correct overcrowded teeth in preparation for orthodontic treatment
- To remove infected teeth to prevent the infection from spreading to other areas
- To remove wisdom teeth that are impacted, or stuck in the jaw
Preparation for Tooth Extractions
Before any of your teeth can be removed, one of our dentists will first take x-rays of your mouth to plan the best way to remove the tooth. Be sure to provide us with a list of all the medications you take, both prescription and over the counter, before the procedure. If you have a weakened immune system or certain medical conditions, like diabetes, we may prescribe an antibiotic to take before and after your procedure to lessen the risk of infection.
If you’re having IV sedation, you should wear a short-sleeved shirt to allow us access to your arm to place the IV. Make sure to not eat or drink anything for at least six to eight hours before the procedure. You will also need someone to drive you to and from your appointment, as you will be in no condition to drive afterwards.
What Happens During Tooth Extractions?
There are actually two different types of tooth extractions:
- Simple extraction: This is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. Your emergency dentist in Gainesville will loosen the tooth with a tool known as an elevator. Then, he or she will use forceps to extract the tooth.
- Surgical extraction: This is a more complex procedure. It’s generally done on teeth that are impacted, or have not fully erupted yet, like wisdom teeth. The doctor will make a tiny incision in the gumline. Sometimes the tooth may need to be broken into smaller pieces before it can be removed.
Most simple extractions can be done with only a local anesthetic, but you may need sedation if you face any dental anxiety. For surgical extractions, deeper sedation is often necessary.
Follow-Up After Tooth Extractions
Even after simple extractions, you can expect some discomfort afterwards. This is because having a tooth taken out, even a simple one, is still considered oral surgery. Make sure to take whatever pain medication your doctor prescribes, as well as any antibiotics, according to their instructions. If you take the first pain pill before the local anesthetic wears off, it can greatly decrease your discomfort later.
After the extraction, you’ll be asked to gently yet firmly bite down on a piece of gauze placed in the area. There may be intermittent bleeding for the first 24 hours, so be sure to replace the gauze as needed. To reduce swelling, you can apply a cold compress to your face for 20 minutes at a time. Eat soft and cool foods for the first few days. After that, you can gradually integrate harder foods into your diet as your chewing confidence increases. Be sure not to smoke for the first few days, as that could disturb the forming blood clot and cause a painful condition called dry socket. Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater to keep the area clean.
Tooth Extraction Frequently Asked Questions
Thanks to modern dental techniques and technology, there’s no reason to be afraid of a tooth extraction. If you’re feeling anxious, learning more about what to expect may help you feel more at-ease. Below, you’ll find some common questions we get about tooth extractions. If you don’t see the answers you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to call us right away!
Is the Extraction Process Painful?
We take every precaution to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible throughout your entire procedure. In addition to applying local anesthetic to completely numb the area, we have several sedation dentistry options to offer as well. If you’re feeling particularly anxious or if you experience neck, back, or jaw pain when sitting in the examination chair for too long, we’ll likely recommend oral conscious sedation or IV sedation. These powerful calming services are a safe and reliable way to help your appointment feel as pleasant as possible.
What Can I Eat After My Tooth Extraction?
We recommend that you stick to a diet of soft nutritious foods for at least 24-48 hours after your treatment to prevent injuring the extraction site. There are plenty of great options to choose from, including soup, yogurt, mashed potatoes, apple sauce, and ice cream. Remember to avoid sucking through a straw when enjoying your smoothies or milkshakes!
What Pain Medication Can I Take During My Recovery?
It’s not uncommon to feel some discomfort as the anesthetic from your treatment wears off. If we’ve prescribed you any pain medication or antibiotics, be sure to take them when instructed. Otherwise, you can use over-the-counter pain relievers like Ibuprofen. It’s typically a good idea to take your first pain pill before the local anesthetic fully wears off to decrease the discomfort later. However, if you have persistent pain that doesn’t seem to be subsiding, don’t hesitate to call us for a follow-up visit.
Should I Brush My Teeth After the Extraction?
Your mouth is naturally brimming with bacteria, which means that your extraction site is at a high risk of becoming infected if you don’t keep your mouth clean. We usually encourage patients to gently rinse their mouth with warm saltwater to kill bacteria and ease swelling. In the first 48 hours after your extraction, you should brush your teeth, but do so carefully. Avoid brushing the extraction site directly, as this can irritate it and interrupt the healing process.
Should I Replace the Extracted Tooth?
Generally, you don’t need to replace wisdom teeth once they’ve been extracted. However, it’s essential that you replace any other tooth that’s taken out right away. The longer there’s a gap in your smile, the higher your risk of oral health issues, jawbone loss, gum infections, and shifting teeth. Thankfully, at Exceptional Dentistry & Sedation Center, we offer a variety of tooth replacement options. We’d be more than happy to go over services like dentures or dental implants with you if you decide to replace your extracted tooth.
There’s no need to suffer from prolonged tooth decay or a painfully impacted wisdom tooth! Call us today to schedule your consultation and restore your happy, healthy smile.