Tooth Extraction Specialist

Nancy Rotroff DDS MAGD and Gerard Wasselle DMD

Cosmetic, Restorative, General and Implant Dentistry located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The thought of having a tooth pulled is not pleasant, but sometimes it’s necessary. For example, when your teenager’s wisdom teeth are coming in, they can push other teeth out of place, causing pain and jaw problems. Possibly a tooth requires extraction due to trauma or infection. Regardless of the situation, Dr. Nancy Rotroff's and Dr. Gerard Wasselle's advanced training ensures that you are in competent hands while in the dental chair. As your family dentist, our doctors will discuss your options from anxiety control using IV sedation to planning for tooth replacement, if necessary. If you or your child needs to have a tooth pulled, call our office to schedule an exam.

Tooth Extraction Q & A



Why does a tooth need to be pulled?

There are several reasons that you may need to have a tooth extracted: You may have

  • A large area of decay on the tooth that is too big for a filling
  • A mouth too small to fit all of your teeth properly
  • Wisdom teeth that are impacted or cause adjacent teeth to move out of place
  • Infection in the root of the tooth that a root canal has not solved
  • The cumulative effects of periodontal disease, which may loosen a tooth

What happens during a tooth extraction?

Be sure our doctors understand your complete medical history before the extraction. If you are prone to infection from another medical condition, such as periodontitis, or have an artificial joint such as a hip replacement, we prescribe antibiotics before and after the dental extraction.

For patients with dental anxiety and for your comfort, we offer IV sedation during your surgical procedure. Prior to extraction, doctors numb the area using local anesthesia.   We may need to remove some of the gum around the tooth. Using forceps, the doctors move the tooth back and forth to separate it from the jawbone.

How should I take care of the area where the tooth was extracted?

Immediately after the procedure, our doctors will place a gauze pad in the tooth socket and have you bite down gently on it to lessen the bleeding. We may prescribe an antibiotic. If we do, be sure to take all of it as prescribed.

When you go home, put an ice pack covered in a soft, clean cloth on your jaw area periodically, using a 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off schedule.

For the first three days, you need to elevate your head when you go to bed so that blood does not collect in the tooth socket. Use pillows or a bed wedge when you are resting.

Don’t drink through a straw or swish water back and forth in your mouth. Eat clear soup, liquids, and very soft foods for a few days.

Forgo exercise temporarily and take it easy for a week; you’ve just had a surgical operation.

Brush and floss your teeth and brush your tongue to remove bacteria, but avoid the area around the tooth extraction.