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Tooth Extraction


When a tooth is severely damaged, it may need to be removed. Your dentist, or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, can remove a tooth.

A tooth extraction is necessary when decay or gum disease is so severe that the use of any other treatment will not be able to cure the infection on that tooth. Once it has reached that point, it is important to remove the tooth, before the infection spreads to other areas of your mouth.

Your dentist will give you a local anesthetic before removing your tooth to numb the area where it will be extracted. You may need stitches to help with the healing process after an extraction. The removed tooth can be replaced with an implant, a denture, or a bridge.

Amaya Dental is the preferred destination in Miami for all aspects of dental care including tooth extraction. Our highly skilled and reputed dental professionals have performed thousands of extractions using the most advanced techniques and cutting edge technology. While we focus on making our patients smile always, we provide the most relaxed and comfortable service backed up by top quality dental care services.


Tooth decay or damage that results in broken teeth are one of the most common reasons for tooth extraction. Other reasons include:

  • Extra teeth that are blocking other teeth from functioning or growing.
  • Baby teeth that do not fall out in time when mature teeth have already come in.
  • Sometimes an extra tooth or teeth may need to be removed to make space for realignment of teeth when dental braces are being put in.
  • Teeth extraction may be required when an individual is receiving radiation to the head and neck area.
  • Some individuals may have a weakened or suppressed immune system at times with organ transplant, chemotherapy or immune deficiency disorders. Tooth infection in these conditions can lead to serious consequences necessitating tooth extraction.
  • Wisdom teeth are also one of the most common reasons for extraction. Known also as third molars these teeth erupt in later adulthood and may need to be removed after or before they erupt. Sometimes these teeth can cause severe pain, infection or may be impacted in the jaws. There may also be no space for these teeth to come out. Wisdom teeth can at times cause gum swelling, tissue irritation, pain and inflammation in the oral cavities.
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Our dental experts may use either of these two extraction procedures:

Simple extraction: This extraction method is used when the tooth to be extracted is clearly visible and accessible. Our skilled dentists use an instrument known as elevator to loosen up the tooth which is then pulled out using forceps. Simple extractions are generally done using a local anesthetic but may not require any sedation or pain killers.


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This is a slightly more complex procedure that is used when a tooth has broken off below or at gum line or is not visible.

Our dental surgeons are specialized in surgical extraction with utmost focus on patient comfort. After making a small cut or incision in the gum, our dental professionals remove parts of the bone that support the tooth or may have to cut the damaged tooth to remove it.

Our dental professionals may use a combination of local anesthetic with intravenous anesthesia for surgical extraction. They will also advise on general anesthesia as needed.

Before the procedures, our dental professionals conduct a thorough evaluation of the condition of your teeth with digital imaging or X-rays. This allows them to understand many aspects including

  • How the wisdom tooth is positioned with respect to other teeth
  • Sinus and upper teeth positions
  • Lower teeth, jaw and nerve relationships
  • Presence of bone disease, infections, tumors or boils


In most cases, the recovery period lasts only a few days. The following will help speed recovery:

  • Take painkillers as prescribed by your dentist or oral surgeon. Apply an ice or cold pack to the outside of your mouth to help relieve pain and swelling.
  • After 24 hours, rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water several times a day to reduce swelling and relieve pain. Make your own salt water by mixing 1 tsp of salt in a medium-sized glass, 8 fl oz, of warm water.
  • Change gauze pads before they become soaked with blood.
  • Relax after surgery. Physical activity may increase bleeding.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Eat soft foods, such as gelatin, pudding, or a thin soup. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as healing progresses.
  • Do not lie flat. This may prolong bleeding. Prop up your head with pillows.
  • Avoid rubbing the area with your tongue.
  • Do not use sucking motions, such as when using a straw to drink.
  • Continue to carefully brush your teeth and tongue.

If you are in need of a tooth extraction, or think you might be, please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to assist you. You can also schedule a consultation online if you prefer.