Extracting a tooth is performed as a last resort. Your dental health professional is dedicated to saving your natural teeth because even though excellent restorations exist, nothing is quite the same. There are, however, circumstances which require our periodontist to perform a tooth extraction. Patients who are well-informed about what to expect typically feel more comfortable with the procedure. 


Why Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?

  • If your tooth is hopeless, loose, or shifting, you may need an extraction. 
  • Wisdom teeth are also extracted when there is not enough room for them or if they become impacted. Wisdom teeth erupt in the late teens to early twenties and by then, adult teeth are already in place. 
  • When teeth are overly crowded and orthodontic treatment is needed, tooth extraction may be part of the process.
  • Some people have baby teeth that never fall out. Our periodontist may perform a tooth extraction to make room for the adult teeth waiting to erupt.

What to Expect from a Tooth Extraction

  • Our periodontist will examine your teeth and discuss your dental and medical health with you. We many take x-rays as well. From this information, your doctor will determine whether you need extraction and will schedule it accordingly.
  • Extractions can be simple or surgical. Simple extractions are performed with forceps while surgical extractions require a surgical incision. Sedation dentistry is available for surgical extractions. Drs. Scott and Bradley Ross offer nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV Conscious Sedation for tooth extraction in Miami, FL.

What Happens After Tooth Extraction?
In the first 24 hours, you will need to take ibuprofen to reduce swelling and discomfort, and also avoid exercise. For several days, patients should stick to a soft food diet and refrain from brushing or flossing around the treatment area. You doctor may provide you with rinses or antibiotics to speed healing. Warm salt water rinses are also helpful.


For answers to all of your oral health questions, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Scott Ross or Dr. Bradley Ross. Our experienced periodontists offer tooth extraction in the Miami, FL, area, along with comprehensive periodontal health care.