Tooth Extractions in Jupiter, FL

Damaged or decayed teeth or impacted teeth and that can potentially cause problems, like infections, need to be removed. This is especially common with wisdom teeth. Extractions can range from a single tooth, to removing all four wisdom teeth at once.

Common Problems with Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that emerge, usually during your late teens to early twenties. For some people, the wisdom teeth emerge through the gums and have enough room to grow in naturally. For others, wisdom teeth often cause problems as they are trying to protrude through the gums.

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.

When a wisdom tooth only emerges partially a flap of skin, called an operculum, may form over the tooth. This can make the tooth hard to clean, and pieces of food may be caught under the skin. This makes it easy for an infection, called pericoronitis, to develop. It will usually go away on its own, but it causes swelling and pain in the area.

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 are hard to reach and clean. These potential problems make it necessary to remove impacted wisdom teeth so that larger problems do not arise.

Wisdom teeth extractions are a fairly common procedure. Routine x-rays during a dental exam can reveal if you will need to have your wisdom teeth removed.

The Tooth Removal Process

Based on the preference of the doctor and/or the patient, a local anesthetic could be used to numb the areas where the teeth will be extracted. Others will prefer to go under a general anesthetic so that they will be sedated during the procedure.

The gum tissue around the tooth is cut open to reveal the tooth. The tooth is loosened by gripping it tightly and wiggling it back and forth until it can be lifted out of the gums. Sometimes a tooth may be impacted so tightly that it cannot be simply lifted out of the gums. In cases like this, the tooth will be broken up into pieces first before being removed. Depending on the incision and extraction site, sutures may be needed to close the area. Soluble sutures are the best option, which will dissolve on their own.

Recovery After Tooth Extraction

After the surgery, you will need to rest. You need to be driven home by a friend or family member because of the anesthesia. You can expect the extraction site to bleed for a little while after the surgery. Gauze will be applied at the completion of the surgery, and you will need to change it when it becomes soaked. If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours you should call your dentist. Rest when you return home, but do not lie flat. This could prolong the bleeding. Prop your head up on a pillow when lying down.

Your dentist will prescribe you pain medication, so if you become sore take as directed. You can also use an ice pack for the pain. Your dentist might also provide you with a cleaning solution to clean the extraction site.

You will be limited to soft foods for a few days after your surgery. Some recommended foods after tooth extraction are:

  • Gelatin
  • Pudding
  • Yogurt
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Ice Cream
  • Thin Soups
  • …and other food you can eat without chewing.

When drinking, make sure you do not use a straw. The sucking motion can loosen your sutures and slow the clotting process. The same goes for smoking. If you have prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or don’t feel that the extraction site is healing properly call your dentist for a follow-up.

Extraction Site Preservation

When removing a tooth it is important to consider what will be done with the empty space after that tooth is removed. Wisdom teeth are in the back of the mouth, so that site will heal on its own with no complications. If it is necessary to remove another tooth, plans must be made. If a tooth is removed and nothing is done with the extraction site, the jaw bone will degenerate and change shape during healing and can cause your teeth to shift. This can create problems in 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.

Your dentist is always open to a conversation on what you would like to do with your extraction site before removing a tooth. They will be able to make a recommendation and layout a treatment plan. Make sure to schedule follow up appointments to properly care for your extraction site.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are tooth extractions painful?
How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?
How long does a tooth extraction take?
Are tooth extractions painful?

No, Dr. Villalobos will numb your tooth and the surrounding area prior to the procedure and you won’t feel a thing. He may offer a sedation option for patients with dental anxiety to make them feel more comfortable and at ease during the extraction. Many patients avoid tooth extractions due to fear of pain, but this can further damage your oral health.

You may experience some discomfort following the procedure. Any pain should be minimal and it can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen and a cold compress.

How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?

We typically recommend taking 48 to 72 hours after your surgery to relax and recover. The first few days are crucial to the healing process because you’re more prone to infections during this time. You’ll also want to be careful to avoid dislodging the clot, as this exposes the underlying bone and nerve endings and leads to longer healing times.

You’ll be able to return to your daily routine soon after your extraction. After the first few days, you can return to normal physical activities as long as you don’t notice any complications.

How long does a tooth extraction take?

A tooth extraction is a quick procedure that’s often completed in just one appointment. If you’re having multiple teeth removed, you’ll likely need to schedule additional visits.

The treatment time depends on the details of the procedure. For a more accurate time frame, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Villalobos. During the consultation, he’ll examine your oral health, take x-rays, and create a customized treatment plan that will include a time frame.