Getting your tooth pulled is the opposite of fun, but sometimes an extraction is necessary to prevent further complications. For safe and expert extractions, trust Cesar Hurtado, Jr., DDS, in Miami. Cesar Hurtado DDS is the place to go when you need to have a tooth pulled. Call the office or book a consultation online.
Even though permanent teeth are made to last your lifetime, it doesn't always happen. For instance, you may need to have a tooth extracted because it's too seriously broken to keep.
Lifestyle choices, trauma, and decay can all lead to needing a tooth pulled.
Extractions may be necessary for other reasons, including:
Before a tooth can be extracted, Dr. Hurtado will take a digital X-ray of your mouth to determine if you need an extraction. Next, he will decide if you need a simple extraction or a surgical extraction. When you can see the tooth inside your mouth, it’s called a simple extraction. In a simple extraction, Dr. Hurtado will loosen the tooth with an instrument called an elevator and gently remove it with dental forceps.
A surgical extraction is more complex. The tooth may not have come through the surface of your gums, as is common with wisdom teeth, or it may have broken off at your gum line. During a surgical extraction, Dr. Hurtado makes a little cut into the gum to locate and take out the tooth in question. Sometimes the tooth needs to be sectioned, or cut into smaller pieces, to be removed.
It may also be necessary to remove some of the bone around the affected tooth.
In both a simple extraction and surgical extraction, Dr. Hurtado gives you a local anesthetic, so you don’t feel any pain. If multiple teeth are extracted at the same time, as is routine with wisdom teeth extraction, Dr. Hurtado may give you a general anesthetic. You'll sleep and be pain-free throughout the whole procedure.
Based on how many teeth you had taken out and your individual condition, healing usually takes one or two weeks. New bone and gum tissue will slowly replace the areas where your teeth were removed. It's possible you could have trouble chewing or experience other pain and discomfort as you recover, but this will depend on the amount of dental work you have.
Every patient is different, so it’s best to contact Cesar Hurtado DDS to schedule a consultation to explore your options and any necessary follow-up procedures like crowns or dental implants.
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