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Tooth Extractions – Orange Park, FL

Safe, Effective and Comfortable Tooth Extractions

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No one likes to be told that they need a tooth extracted. In most cases, extractions are avoided in order to preserve the natural tooth. However, there are some situations where Dr. Nawrocki will need to extract a tooth. Regardless of the situation, allowing the tooth to remain only puts your oral and overall health at risk. If your tooth is in bad condition or you have an erupting wisdom tooth that’s causing issues, don’t hesitate to contact our office today!

Different Types of Tooth Extractions

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The type of extraction you need can vary depending on the circumstances. If the tooth is clearly visible, a simple extraction will be most appropriate to remove your tooth. If the tooth is hidden, we will need to perform a surgical extraction to access the tooth before breaking it from the periodontal ligament.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

It’s common for erupting wisdom teeth to cause disruptions in the alignment of your smile. If this occurs, or you start to feel pain in the back of your mouth, we’ll need to extract your wisdom tooth to protect your neighboring teeth. Wisdom teeth can also increase your risk for oral infection as well as tooth decay. Not all cases of wisdom tooth eruption require extraction, but it’s unlikely that your mouth will be able to accommodate these additional teeth.

Multiple Tooth Extractions

Due to genetics, some patients require multiple tooth extractions to avoid problems later. If you need orthodontic treatment, extra teeth may require removal in order to accommodate your hardware. Alternatively, those with extensive decay, severe gum disease or physical trauma may need multiple teeth extracted. As part of your treatment plan, Dr. Nawrocki will discuss your restorative options prior to removal.

Extraction Site Preservation

When a tooth is removed, the alveolar bone holding the tooth in place begins to break down. To prevent this, our office performs extraction site preservation. This works to fortify bone inside the socket and improve your ability to receive dental implants at a later date. Strong bone is necessary for reliable implant integration, so this treatment is highly recommended.

Post-Operative Care

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It is imperative that you follow all of Dr. Nawrocki’s aftercare instructions. Failing to do so can result in complications later, including a painful condition known as dry socket. The following steps to proper aftercare include:

  • Biting down on the gauze pad provided to you after the surgery. This will reduce bleeding and promote clot formation.
  • Avoiding straws over the next 24 hours after surgery. Straws can easily dislodge a clot formed over the extraction site, resulting in dry socket.
  • Taking painkillers as needed or prescribed.
  • Maintaining a diet of soft foods and chewing on the side of your mouth opposing the extraction site.
  • Brushing and flossing regularly, making sure to avoid the extraction site.
  • Using a cold compress to reduce any facial swelling.
  • Calling our office if pain persists multiple days after surgery.