A simple tooth extraction is the removal of a visible tooth, and is performedin your dentist’s office. If you need a tooth removed that is impacted or not yet erupted, as in the case of a wisdom tooth, you will need to see an oral surgeon for a surgical removal. Simple extractions are safe and can be performed under local anesthesia in Dr. Florine’s office.
Common Reasons for Tooth Extraction
Extractions are usually performed on teeth that are damaged to an extent that they cannot be saved through restorative dental procedures. Common reasons for extractions include:
- Extensive tooth decay
- Tooth abscess
- Fractured teeth
- Advanced gum disease
- Extra teeth
- Crowded teeth (used in preparation for braces)
Simple Tooth Extraction Procedure
Dr. Florine will first administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth that is to be extracted. Once the area is completely numb, you may feel a bit of pressure during the procedure but no pain. Dr. Florine will then push the gum away from the tooth and start the process of loosening the tooth, usually through moving it back and forth with forceps. Once the tooth is sufficiently loose, the tooth is removed from the socket.
After Your Simple Tooth Extraction
You may feel a bit of tenderness when the local anesthetic wears off, so take an over-the-counter painkiller such as ibuprofen. Dr. Florine will ask you to bite on a piece of gauze after the procedure. This pressure will cause a blood clot to form in your tooth socket, which is a necessary part of your healing. Do not smoke, spit, or drink through a straw in the 24 hours following your procedure to avoid dislodging the clot. Over time, healthy gum tissue will grow and fill in the tooth socket where the clot once was. Eat soft foods for the first few days and gradually re-introduce harder foods as your mouth heals. Do not brush your teeth for the first 24 hours, and after that, brush carefully around the socket to avoid disturbing the clot. After the first day, you may also gargle with warm salt water several times a day to keep your mouth clean and help the healing process. Your gum tissue should heal completely within three to four weeks. The bone may take up to six months to heal.
If you need a dental extraction, Dr. Florine provides safe and effective tooth removal in the most gentle manner possible. Call today at (507) 282-7767 to schedule your dental appointment in the Rochester, Minnesota area.