Dental Extractions

At Martinez Dental Solutions, our expert team of dentists performs a variety of dental tooth extractions. Whether you have impacted wisdom teeth or decaying and damaged teeth, our dentists can gently and thoroughly remove these teeth. Request an appointment with one of our Jacksonville offices today.

Tooth Extractions

There are times when no restorative dental procedure can return a tooth to its original healthy condition. When this happens, the optimal solution is to extract the tooth. Fortunately, with advanced dental technologies, tooth extractions can be performed painlessly and without worry.

  • The dentist loosens the tooth and easily removes it
  • If required, sutures are used to close the incision
  • Patient returns in 10 - 15 days for suture removal
  • Anesthetics and medications are used to ensure clotting and minimize pain

Wisdom Teeth Extractions

While some wisdom teeth do break through the gums and align inside the mouth, space issues sometimes make this unachievable. When this occurs, wisdom teeth become impacted. They can also become infected or cause damage to nearby teeth. In these circumstances, oral surgery becomes an ideal solution. Wisdom teeth removal can assist with several conditions, such as:

  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Abscesses
  • Unrestorable teeth
  • Tooth positioning
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What to Expect with General Tooth Extractions

Wisdom teeth removal procedures may involve several appointments. First, we perform an examination and take digital X-rays to get a detailed picture of your oral health. From there, the extraction procedure is scheduled. However, if you are in pain due to a dental emergency, general tooth extraction can be performed right away.

To perform most dental extractions, your dentist elevates the tooth to loosen it. Once loose, the tooth is easily removed. More complex tooth extractions require other techniques and more time. Sometimes after surgery, it is necessary to place some sutures. If that is the case, the patient needs to come back in 10 to 15 days to have them removed.

A combination of anesthetics and medications helps ensure clotting is achieved in a short period of time. Many times, a prescription for pain medication is given to the patient in order to minimize any discomfort. Also, instructions are given verbally and in writing on how to take care of the surgical site.

Depending on the number of teeth to be extracted and the complexity of the procedure, downtime is typically limited to less than three days. For simple procedures, you'll feel fine the next day. For more extensive procedures and oral surgery involved in wisdom teeth removal, you may need to take two or three days to recover. We will send you home with care instructions and recommend eating soft foods and liquids due to soreness.

Removing wisdom teeth before the root is fully developed is often easier because the bone is softer, and the roots are not attached to the nerve yet. Thus, we may recommend an evaluation to teens and young adults before the wisdom teeth erupt.

What to Expect After the Procedure/Instructions

To slow or prevent bleeding, bite with light pressure on the gauze pack that has been placed over the surgical area. Pressure should be applied for 45 minutes continuously, or until the bleeding is brought under control. If bleeding persists without slowing for several hours, apply gauze soaked in strong tea. Repeat the above steps until the bleeding stops. Exercising and heavy lifting will raise your blood pressure and will dislodge the blood clot and bleeding will resume. Avoid exercising for three to five days following the surgery.
To prevent and/or minimize swelling, apply ice packs at 15-minute intervals to the surgical area for two hours. After 24 hours, apply warm compresses to the area to relieve swelling. Swelling is a natural part of the healing process and can be expected for three days to several weeks depending on the nature and extent of the surgery.

Following most surgical procedures, there may or may not be pain, depending on your personal threshold. If you have discomfort, you will be provided with medication that is appropriate for you. In most cases, a non-narcotic pain regimen is sufficient. If a narcotic was prescribed, follow the directions carefully. If you have any questions about these medications interacting with other medications you are presently taking, please call our office first, then your physician and/or pharmacist.

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General Instructions

  • DO NOT rinse vigorously for at least 48 hours (2 days) after the surgery
  • DO NOT exercise or do any heavy lifting for 3 to 5 days after surgery
  • DO NOT smoke for 72 hours (3 days)!
  • IF POSSIBLE, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth
  • DO brush and floss normally, with special care around the area of extraction. For the first 48 hours (2 days), DO NOT spit. Just let the water flow out of your mouth naturally

After the extraction, a blood clot will form in the empty tooth socket. The blood clot is needed to seal the area so it can heal. It is important you follow the above instructions because, among other issues, not doing so can keep the blood clot from forming properly, or can get it dislodged, resulting in a dry socket. This is a very painful condition that leaves the bones and nerves exposed and prone to infection.

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Why Choose Martinez Dental Solutions?

  • Our dentists are caring and thoughtful professionals that provide dental solutions that are second-to-none
  • We are available for dental emergencies and accept new patients
  • We have a multilingual staff to ensure every patient receives quality care geared toward restoring and enhancing your smile
  • We follow strict sterilization techniques and cross-contamination prevention regulations as set by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC)

The dental hygienist is very sweet and knowledgeable. I just love the atmosphere and the Doctor there too. I have had quite a bit of work done and they have made it seamless and comfortable (as it can be anyway).

Plaserae J.
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Since 2006, Martinez Dental Solutions has been performing dental extractions, dental exams, cleaning and prevention services, cosmetic dentistry, and dental restorations such as fixed bridges, composite fillings, and inlays. We serve Jacksonville and nearby communities, including: Middleburg, Fleming Island, Riverside, Orange Park, and Jacksonville Beach. Call us today to request an appointment.

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