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Tooth Extraction – Orlando, FL

Removing Troubled Teeth For Better Oral Health

Forceps holding an extracted tooth

When they’re necessary, tooth extractions benefit your oral health in many ways. Depending on the situation, this procedure can protect your other teeth, get you out of pain after an injury, or even make it easier to get orthodontic work. And while it’s common to feel a bit anxious beforehand, Dr. Russo has performed hundreds of tooth extractions in Orlando over the years and makes the procedure easier than you might expect. If you think you may need a tooth extraction or have any questions, contact us anytime. After doing a thorough evaluation, Dr. Russo will create the perfect treatment plan for your needs.

Why Do You Need a Tooth Extraction?

Image of an impacted wisdom tooth

Here are some common reasons for needing an extraction:

  • Wisdom teeth that pose a risk to the adjacent teeth
  • As a solution for overcrowding, especially before orthodontic treatment
  • When advanced gum disease has caused the teeth to become loose
  • Before getting dentures
  • When you call an emergency dentist in Orlando to treat an injury or accident
  • For a severe cavity or fracture that can’t be repaired with a filling or crown

What Is the Tooth Extraction Procedure Like?

Dentist holding up an extracted tooth

There are two main types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. The first step before either type of procedure is fully numbing the area to make sure you don’t feel pain (although you will feel pressure).

A simple extraction is recommended when a tooth is in one whole piece and has fully come through the gums (i.e. it’s not impacted). After loosening the tooth, Dr. Russo will use a pair of forceps to grasp it and remove it from its socket.

A surgical extraction is often done for impacted wisdom teeth or teeth that have broken into several pieces. Many patients do well with sedation for these procedures. The first step is making an incision in the gums to access the tooth. Once it’s removed, we’ll place stitches in the area to help it heal.

Lastly, we’ll discuss pain medication and give you post-operative instructions for caring for the area at home. 

Post-Operative and Aftercare Guidelines

woman getting tooth pulled

You can expect mild to moderate tenderness and bleeding in the area for a day or two, but most of the initial discomfort will subside in 24 hours and then improve further from there.

To help the extraction site heal as quickly and comfortably as possible, it’s important to follow your aftercare guidelines closely and give us a call right away with any concerns. Each patient is different and will get personalized instructions, but here are some general tips to use after an extraction:

  • Take 1 or 2 days off to rest.
  • Don’t smoke, spit or use a straw while the area is healing.
  • Take pain medication as directed.
  • For swelling and inflammation, you can gently apply an ice pack in 10-minute intervals to the outside of your lip or cheek.
  • Avoid carbonated beverages and hard or crunchy foods.
  • Keep the area clean, gently and carefully. Continue to brush twice a day, taking care not to get your bristles directly into the socket. After the first 24 hours, gently rinse out your mouth with salt water a few times a day.