Gentle and Painless Tooth Removal Procedures

woman smilingDo you have a tooth causing you pain or disrupting your smile? At Davie Advanced Dentistry, we understand tooth extraction can be a daunting prospect. However, it’s sometimes necessary to improve your oral health and prevent further complications. 

Our experienced dentists in Davie, FL, can perform tooth extractions without pain. Dr. Abbo and our team utilize advanced techniques and offer various anesthesia options to ensure a smooth and pain-free experience.

If you’re experiencing toothaches, considering wisdom teeth removal, or have any questions about tooth extraction, don’t hesitate to contact (954) 434-3331.

What are Tooth Extractions?

A tooth extraction is a dental procedure that involves removing a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. This procedure is performed by a dentist or oral surgeon and is sometimes referred to as “pulling” a tooth. There are two main types of extractions:

  • Simple Extraction: This is a straightforward procedure used for teeth that are visible in the mouth and have not broken off at the gum line. The dentist loosens the tooth with an instrument and then removes it with forceps.
  • Surgical Extraction: This is a more complex procedure used for impacted teeth (stuck beneath the gum line), broken off at the gum line, or difficult to remove with a simple extraction. It may involve making an incision in the gum tissue and bone to access the tooth. This also encompasses wisdom tooth extractions.

When Are Tooth Extractions Necessary?

There are several reasons why dentists or oral surgeons might recommend a tooth extraction. Some of the most common reasons include:

  • Severe Tooth Decay: If a tooth is too damaged by decay to be repaired with a filling or crown, an extraction may be necessary.
  • Infection: If a tooth has an infection that cannot be controlled with antibiotics, an extraction may be necessary to prevent it from spreading.
  • Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Sometimes, there isn’t enough room in the jaw for wisdom teeth to erupt properly, and they become impacted. This can cause pain, infection, and damage to other teeth. In these cases, wisdom teeth extraction is usually recommended.
  • Gum Disease: In severe cases of gum disease, the bone and tissue that support the teeth can loosen the teeth and make them more susceptible to infection. If the teeth cannot be saved, an extraction may be necessary.
  • Orthodontic Treatment: To create space for proper alignment, some teeth may need to be extracted before orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign.

Benefits of Tooth Extraction

dentists talking to patientWhile preserving natural teeth is always the goal, there are several benefits to tooth extraction in certain situations:

  • Pain Relief: Extracting a tooth can provide immediate relief from severe tooth pain caused by decay, infection, or other problems.
  • Infection Prevention: Removing an infected tooth can help prevent the infection from spreading to other teeth and tissues.
  • Improved Oral Health: Extracting a problem tooth can improve oral health by preventing further damage to surrounding teeth and bone.
  • Crowding Correction: When teeth are overcrowded, extraction can create space for proper tooth alignment.
  • Preventing Complications: Early extraction of impacted wisdom teeth can prevent future problems like pain, infection, and damage to other teeth.

General Tooth Extraction Surgery Process

Before Your Extraction

Before your extraction, our Davie dentist will discuss your medical history and any medications you’re taking. X-rays can also help us assess the tooth’s position and root structure. Dr. Abbo will discuss our anesthesia options. Local anesthesia numbs the area around the tooth, while sedation can help you relax during the procedure.

During the Extraction

The specifics will vary depending on the extraction type, but here’s a general breakdown of what to expect:

  1. Anesthesia Administration: Local anesthetic is injected near the tooth to numb the area. Depending on your chosen level of sedation, medication might be administered intravenously (through an IV) or orally.
  2. Tooth Loosening: Dr. Abbo uses instruments to gently loosen the tooth from its socket by applying pressure and rocking it back and forth.
  3. Tooth Removal: Using forceps, Dr. Abbo carefully removes the tooth. In some cases, the tooth may need to be removed in sections.
  4. Cleaning and Closure: Dr. Abbo cleans the socket and may place stitches to close the gum tissue.

Aftercare for Tooth Extraction

root-canal-therapyFollowing oral and maxillofacial surgery, proper aftercare is essential for healing and preventing complications in the jaw bone. Here’s a guide for caring for the extraction site and healing blood clot after having a tooth pulled:

  • Bite firmly on gauze for 20 to 30 minutes to control bleeding at the tooth socket.
  • Rest for the first 24 hours.
  • Take prescribed pain medication or consult your dentist about over-the-counter options.
  • Stick to soft foods like yogurt or soup for the first few days.
  • Gently brush and floss, avoiding the extraction site. Use a dentist-recommended mouthwash.
  • Apply ice packs for 20 minutes on, and 20 minutes off to reduce swelling.
  • Avoid smoking, vaping, straws, and alcohol for at least 24 hours to avoid dry sockets and dental pain.

Frequently Asked Questions

It typically takes one to two weeks to recover from oral surgery. This can vary depending on the individual and the complexity of the procedure. Following your dentist’s aftercare instructions is crucial for proper healing.

Pain management is a priority during tooth extractions. Local anesthetic numbs the area around the tooth, and sedation can be used for relaxation. While you might experience discomfort afterward, your dentist or oral surgeon will prescribe or recommend pain medication to manage it.

For optimal healing, there are some things to avoid after a tooth extraction. Consult your dentist for specific recommendations, but generally, you should avoid:

  • Smoking or vaping
  • Strenuous activity
  • Straws (suction can dislodge the clot)
  • Hot liquids and foods
  • Alcohol

Yes, drinking water is vital after a tooth extraction to stay hydrated and promote healing.  Avoid hot liquids and stick to cool water for the first 24 hours. It’s always best to consult your dentist about any specific restrictions after your procedure.

Stop Tooth Pain in its Tracks with Gentle Tooth Extraction 

If you’re experiencing severe tooth pain or damage, a tooth extraction may be necessary to preserve your oral health. At Davie Advanced Dentistry, we understand extractions can be a stressful experience, which is why we strive to provide a comfortable and caring environment for our patients. 

Call our Davie, FL, dental office at (954) 434-3331 to schedule an appointment and take the first step toward a healthier smile! Our team also serves patients in and around Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, and Fort Lauderdale, FL.