If you’re getting a tooth pulled, you may need one of two options: a surgical extraction or a simple extraction.
During a simple extraction, we remove what’s visible above the gumline. After receiving a local anesthetic to numb the area, we loosen the tooth then remove it with forceps. A surgical extraction involves removing the entire tooth, including what’s hidden below the gumline. We will need to make a small incision in your gum and possibly remove the bone around it before extracting the tooth.
Most dentists do everything they can to save a tooth, but certain situations require an extraction. Below are some of the common reasons adults will need to have their tooth pulled:
Recovery generally lasts a few days, and following our post-operative instructions can ensure everything goes smoothly. You’ll want to reduce swelling by applying an icepack to your face. You can also manage your pain by taking medication. Make sure to rest for the first 24 hours after the treatment, and use pillows to prop your head up when you lay down.
Try not to disturb the extraction site either. Use caution when brushing and flossing your teeth, and you’ll want to avoid hard and sticky food and drinking through a straw. After 24 hours, you can begin gently rinsing your mouth with salt water.
Tooth extractions aren’t all sunshine and rainbows, but our team at Best Dentistry Miami can help make the experience as easy as possible for you. If you need a tooth to be pulled or have any questions about the surgery, please contact our office. Someone will happily answer all your questions!