Wisdom teeth are the most commonly extracted teeth due to their tendency to come in at improper angles, become trapped in the gum line, or cause repeated infections and severe pain. However, your other teeth may also need to be extracted if they are severely decayed, broken, have become loose in the socket due to gum disease, or if there isn’t enough space in the mouth due to overcrowding.
Some patients undergoing orthodontic treatment may need to have teeth extracted if there is not enough room for the teeth to shift into proper alignment. Since there is no need to keep wisdom teeth for purposes of function, aesthetics, or oral health, there is no need to replace these teeth. However, the extraction of any other teeth will require replacement with dental implants, dentures, or bridges to prevent shifting teeth or bone loss. Contact your local Jacksonville dentist for an appointment.
Tooth decay is the most common reason for extraction.
The extraction process begins with Dr. Mariam Barikbin administering local anesthesia into the soft tissue to numb the area. We offer additional sedation services such as oral conscious sedation to help you relax if needed.
Then, Dr. Barikbin will loosen the tooth in the socket with a dental elevator. Once the tooth has been significantly loosened, forceps are used to pull it out. Since you are numbed for this procedure, you will not be in any pain, but you may feel a little pressure.
Once the procedure is over, gauze will be placed in the socket to stop the bleeding. You will bite down on the gauze for about 30 minutes and replace it with fresh gauze as needed.
While we’ll always try to save your tooth before resorting to an extraction, a tooth may need to be removed if it has been severely damaged by injury, gum disease, decay, or an infection that is not treatable with a root canal.
We offer a range of restorative dental services that can be used to replace your missing tooth to keep your smile looking and functioning great.
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that usually grow in between the ages of 17-25.
At Ortega Family Dental, we extract wisdom teeth that are not impacted. These are extractions that do not require surgical removal because the teeth have fully erupted through the gums. This is considered a simple procedure that requires only a local anesthetic.
In comparison, impacted wisdom teeth or other impacted teeth are trapped inside the gum line and require an incision to be made into the gums and the removal of surrounding bone to gain access to the tooth.
Overall, the extraction healing process takes about 1-2 weeks.
The most commonly extracted teeth are wisdom teeth, because of their tendency to grow in improperly, which can cause repeated infections and severe pain. Other teeth may require extraction if they are severely decayed, chipped, cracked, or otherwise broken. They also may need to be removed if they have become loose in the socket as a result of gum disease, if there isn’t enough space in the mouth due to overcrowding, or for certain orthodontic situations.
After having a tooth extracted, it’s important to encourage blood clotting for proper healing. Certain activities can dislodge or prevent blood clots from forming, so you will need to avoid smoking, spitting or sucking, rinsing your mouth for the first 24 hours, eating solid foods, chewing on the side of the extraction, and drinking hot liquids.
Once the numbing agent has worn off, you may feel some soreness or tenderness at the site of the extraction, which can be relieved with pain medication. However, you should not take aspirin, which is a blood thinner and can prolong the healing process.
Leave your gauze in place for about 3-4 hours unless it becomes soaked with blood. For the first 24 hours, it’s important to stick to soft foods, get plenty of rest, and elevate your head to reduce swelling. While swelling is less common in simple extractions, patients who have received multiple extractions may notice some additional swelling which can be relieved by applying cold compresses to the face.
Your Jacksonville dentist will inform you when it is safe to introduce solid foods back into your diet and how to clean your teeth but you should leave them alone for the first 24 hours. After 24 hours have passed, you can gently swish around a saline rinse in your mouth to eliminate bacteria.
It is possible for dental implants to become infected. This is known as “peri-implantitis.” However, this is a very rare complication, and it typically only occurs if the implant is not cared for and kept clean after surgery.
You can avoid peri-implantitis by following your dentist in Jacksonville's instructions while recovering, and by brushing and flossing regularly after your implant has healed.
Dr. Barikbin will always try to save your tooth first before considering an extraction.