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 extraction is 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.