Relieve Your Pain With Tooth Extraction
Dr. Villalobos will always do everything he can to save your natural tooth but in some cases, extraction is the best option for your smile and oral health. Dental trauma, overcrowding, advanced gum disease, severe decay, or infection are all reasons where a tooth may need to be removed.
Dr. Villalobos and our Jupiter team can gently, safely, and quickly extract your tooth and replace it with one of our restorative solutions. Read our patient-friendly guide below to learn more about tooth extractions.
Types of Tooth Extractions
General Tooth Extractions
A general removal also called a simple tooth extraction, is the most uncomplicated extraction procedure. It’s typically completed on teeth that are visible and over the gums. During your general tooth extraction, we’ll start by applying a local anesthetic to numb the area to 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 that typically erupt during your late teens to early twenties. For some people, their wisdom teeth never emerge, so extraction isn’t always necessary. However, you’ll need 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 is coming in at an angle and not straight through the gum line. This can cause pain, the tooth can come in unevenly, 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 potential problems make it necessary to remove impacted wisdom teeth so that larger problems don’t arise.
Dr. Villalobos will determine if wisdom tooth removal is necessary or not during your routine checkup and oral examination.
Extraction Site Preservation
When removing a tooth, it’s important to consider what will be done with the empty space left by the tooth. Wisdom teeth are in the 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 and can potentially cause your teeth to shift. This can create problems with your bite and affect your ability to speak and chew.
If you want to fill the space with a dental implant, a sturdy jaw bone 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 before removing a tooth. At your consultation, he’ll be able to make a recommendation and layout a treatment plan. Always make sure to schedule follow-up appointments to properly care for your extraction site.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Typically, a patient’s tooth extraction recovery period lasts two to three days, but each individual is different. Dr. Villalobos and our exceptional team will provide you with proper recovery instructions.
By following these post-operative instructions, you’ll be able to alleviate discomfort, reduce the risk of infection, and speed up your recovery process:
- Take medications as prescribed by Dr. Villalobos or use over-the-counter medications as needed.
- 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 tooth removal until bleeding stops.
- Apply ice to your outside cheeks for 10-minute intervals to minimize swelling.
- Avoid rinsing, spitting, or using a straw for 24 hours so you don’t dislodge the blood clot.
- Rinse with warm salt water to help with swelling and cleaning out the mouth.
- Avoid smoking for at least three days so you don’t set your healing back.
- Follow a soft food or liquid diet within the first 24 hours. Slowly ease normal eating back into your diet when you feel fully recovered.
- Make sure to brush your teeth and tongue as well as floss, but be careful around the extraction site so you don’t damage it.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are several 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
Tooth extractions are typically quick procedures that can be completed in just one appointment. If you’re having multiple teeth removed, 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 a 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 removed, schedule a consultation with Dr. Villalobos. Contact our Jupiter office by calling (561) 744-0677, or you can get in touch by filling out our online contact form.