Tooth Extraction

Nancy Rotroff DDS MAGD and Gerard Wasselle DMD

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

The thought of having an extraction 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 bite and jaw problems. Nancy Rotroff, DDS, MAGD, and Gerard Wasselle, DMD have advanced training so you can rest assured that you're in good hands while in the dental chair. If you or your child needs an extraction, call the office to book an appointment today.

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 

Talk to Dr. Rotroff and Dr. Wasselle to see if you need an extraction.

What happens during a tooth extraction?

Be sure Dr. Rotroff and Dr. Wasselle 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, they prescribe antibiotics before and after the extraction.

Dr. Rotroff and Dr. Wasselle numb the area and use local anesthesia. They may need to remove some of the gum around the tooth. Using forceps, they 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, Dr. Rotroff and Dr. Wasselle will place a gauze pad in the tooth socket and have you bite down gently on it to lessen the bleeding. Our doctors may prescribe an antibiotic. If they do, be sure to take it as prescribed.

When you go home, put an ice pack covered in a soft, clean cloth on your jaw area periodically, applying the ice pack for 10 minutes, with 10 minutes in between. 

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.  

If you need an extraction, trust Dr. Rotroff and Dr. Wasselle. Call the office to book an appointment.