A tooth extraction, also known as exodontia, is one of the most common procedures performed at a dentist’s office. The procedure involves removing or pulling a tooth. An extraction may be necessary if there is disease, trauma or overcrowding.

Causes For Tooth Extraction

Tooth extractions may be performed for the following reasons and/or to remove the following conditions:

  • Wisdom teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Overcrowding
  • Loose teeth
  • In preparation for braces

Tooth Extraction Procedure

After the dentist has decided that a tooth extraction is necessary, an X-ray will be used to further evaluate the tooth. The extraction procedure may be performed under local anesthesia to minimize discomfort, or general anesthesia if more than one tooth is removed. There are two types of dental extractions:

Simple Extraction

This is an extraction of a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. In a simple extraction, forceps are used to remove the tooth.

Surgical Extraction

A surgical extraction is performed on teeth that have broken at the gum line or have not descended into the mouth, such as wisdom teeth. It is a more complex extraction procedure that may be performed by an oral surgeon. This procedure may require general anesthesia.

After the extraction, stitches may be necessary; alternatively, a bridge, implant or a denture will be used to replace one or more teeth.

Recovery From A Tooth Extraction

After the extraction, patients may experience a certain amount of pain. The pain may be relieved by:

  • Applying ice to the external area if swelling occurs
  • Rinsing with warm salt water
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medication

Antibiotics may be prescribed to fight infection. Patients are also advised to avoid certain foods and hot liquids for 24 hours after the procedure. A follow-up appointment may be necessary to remove stitches.

Most patients recover completely from a tooth extraction within one to two weeks.

Surgical Extraction (Other)

Surgical Extraction (3rd Molar)

Simple Extraction

When it comes to your overall health and appearance, patients should consult with a professional dentist to decide which option best suits their specific dentistry needs and will most effectively meet their expectations.

If you are in need of a tooth extraction in Ponte Vedra, Palm Valley, Jacksonville, Nocate, FL and surrounding areas, contact Blue Water Dental of St. Johns at (904) 395-7771 or Request An Appointment today.