Relieve Your Pain With Tooth Extraction
Dr. Villalobos will always do the best he can to save your natural tooth but in some cases, extraction is the best option for your smile and your oral health. Dental trauma, overcrowding, advanced gum disease, severe decay, or infection are all reasons why a tooth may need to be removed.
Dr. Villalobos and our Jupiter dental team can gently, safely, and quickly extract your tooth and replace it with one of our restorative solutions. Read on below to learn more about the type of tooth extractions we offer.
Types of Tooth Extractions
General Tooth Extractions
A general removal, also known as simple tooth extraction, is the most basic kind of extraction procedure. It’s typically completed on teeth that have properly erupted above the gum line.
During a general tooth extraction, we’ll start by applying a local anesthetic to numb the area and ensure a pain-free procedure. Once your mouth has been numbed, Dr. Villalobos will gently remove your tooth and apply stitches and gauze to ensure proper healing. After the removal, you’ll need to rest for at least 48 to 72 hours to allow the extraction area to heal.
Surgical tooth extractions are a bit more complex than general tooth extractions. Typically, we’ll complete this treatment when a tooth hasn’t broken through the gum line or hasn’t fully grown into the mouth.
During a surgical extraction procedure, Dr. Villalobos will administer a local anesthetic to ensure you don’t feel a thing. He’ll safely and gently make a small incision into your gums to access the affected tooth and remove it.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are your third and final set of molars, which typically erupt during your late teens to early twenties. For some people, their wisdom teeth never emerge or cause problems, so extraction isn’t always necessary. However, it’s necessary to have your wisdom teeth removed if they begin to impact surrounding teeth and result in future complications.
When a wisdom tooth is impacted, the tooth comes in at an angle and not straight through the gum line. This can cause pain, and misalignment when the tooth erupts, or the tooth may only emerge partially. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause structural damage to the jaw and other teeth. They can also provide a place for bacteria to gather since they’re hard to reach and clean.
These problems make it necessary to remove impacted wisdom teeth so that larger problems don’t arise. If you have any wisdom teeth, schedule an appointment at our Jupiter office by dialing (561) 744-0677. Dr. Villalobos will determine if wisdom tooth removal is necessary or not.
Restorative Options to Preserve the Extraction Site
When removing a tooth, it’s important to consider what will be done with the empty space left behind. Wisdom teeth are located in the very back of the mouth, so that site will heal on its own with no need to replace the extracted teeth. If a tooth other than a wisdom tooth is removed, replacement options should be considered.
If a tooth is removed and nothing is done with the extraction site, the jawbone will degenerate and change shape during healing, which can potentially cause your teeth to shift. This can create problems with your bite and affect your ability to speak and chew.
If you’re planning to fill the space with a dental implant, a sturdy jawbone is necessary to install the implant. If you opt for a dental bridge, the bridge must be molded and placed before the teeth shift.
Dr. Villalobos is always open to a conversation on what you would like to do with your extraction site after removing a tooth. At your consultation, he’ll make a recommendation and lay out your treatment plan. Always make sure to schedule follow-up appointments to properly care for your extraction site post-op.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
The recovery period can last about two to three days, but each individual is different. Dr. Villalobos and our exceptional team will provide you with proper recovery instructions. By following the post-operative instructions, you’ll be able to alleviate discomfort, reduce the risk of infection, and speed up your recovery process. Here are some of the instructions we give to help your postoperative healing:
- Use over-the-counter medications or prescribed medications by Dr. Villalobos to ease the pain and discomfort.
- Gently bite on the gauze to subside bleeding and allow a clot to form in the tooth socket.
- Change out the gauze pads every three to four hours after the procedure until the bleeding stops.
- Apply ice to your cheeks for 10 minutes intervals to minimize swelling.
- Rinse with warm salt water to help with swelling and keep the extraction site clean.
- Make sure to brush your teeth and tongue as well as floss, but be gentle when cleaning around the extraction site so you don’t damage it.
Frequently Asked Questions
After the extraction, Dr. Villalobos recommends following a soft food or liquid diet within the first 24 hours. Slowly ease normal eating back into your diet when you feel fully recovered. In the meantime, there are numerous foods you can eat after undergoing a tooth extraction, including:
- Juices and smoothies
- Yogurt and pudding
- Mashed potatoes
- Blended soups and broth
- Scrambled eggs
- Ice cream
Dr. Villalobos will provide you with proper recovery instructions. After the extraction, he recommends that you avoid:
- Rinsing, spitting, or using a straw for 24 hours so you don’t dislodge the blood clot
- Smoking for at least three days so you don’t set your healing
- Drinking carbonated beverages or alcohol for at least four days
- Hard, chewy, sticky, or crunchy foods
Tooth extractions are typically quick procedures that can be completed in just one appointment. If you’re having multiple extractions, you may need additional visits. The treatment time will depend on the details of your procedure.
For a more accurate timeframe, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Villalobos. During your consultation, he’ll examine your oral health, take X-rays if needed, and create a customized treatment plan that will include an estimated time frame.
Safe & Gentle Tooth Extractions With Dr. Villalobos
If you’re dealing with oral pain, experiencing dental trauma or decay, or have overcrowded teeth, then tooth extraction may be the solution for you. To determine if your tooth can be saved or needs to be removed, schedule a consultation with Dr. Villalobos. Contact our Jupiter office by dialing (561) 744-0677 or you can get in touch by filling out our online contact form.