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Tooth Extraction

In cases of extensive decay or abnormal development, preserving your natural teeth may not be the best option. 

Drs. Gerald Bird and Jay Johnson may recommend tooth extraction to restore your oral health and improve your long-term dental function.

Don't worry, extractions are not as bad as they sound. Our Cocoa, FL, practice makes sure treatment is as easy and painless as possible.

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Professional Experience

Drs. Bird and Johnson have both undergone advanced surgical training to become board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Our oral surgeons have qualifications far beyond general dentists and can take on even the most complex cases of tooth extraction. 

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Advanced Technology

In addition to our high level of experience, we also use the most advanced technology in the field. Our office is equipped with cutting-edge digital X-ray machines, CBCT scanners, and 3D imaging systems to provide the safest and most accurate procedures. 

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Dental Sedation

Our Cocoa practice uses sedation dentistry to ensure your total comfort during treatment. We offer several different forms of sedation, including nitrous oxide and IV sedation, in order to provide the best option for your unique needs. 

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While we always strive to save your natural teeth, in some cases extraction is simply unavoidable. When we recommend tooth extraction, it is generally the only option left to restore your dental health. Fortunately, Drs. Bird and Johnson make the procedure as easy as possible and can help you with state-of-the-art restorative dentistry following treatment. 

It is important not to delay tooth extractions. The longer you wait, the more likely decay and infection will spread and compromise other healthy teeth. Get started on treatment today by requesting a consultation at our Cocoa, FL, dental practice. You can contact our office online, or by calling:

(321) 631-7000

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The staff and doctors are amazing. Always smiling, courteous and ready to help with any needs or problems that you may have. I feel so comfortable going there for my teeth issues!!

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Very professional and took great care of me! I saw Dr Johnson for my wisdom teeth removal and he was very nice. Overall an easy, good experience. I’d recommend!

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Types of Tooth Extraction

There are two main types of tooth extraction that we perform at our Cocoa, FL, dentistry practice.

Simple Extraction

A simple extraction is when we remove a tooth that is visible in the mouth. The most common reasons for simple extractions are tooth decay, infection, or severe dental trauma. Simple extractions are relatively easy and can be done under local anesthesia or light sedation. During the procedure, your doctor will use special instruments to loosen the tooth, and carefully pull it from the socket. Once you heal, you can return to the office to discuss restorative options. 

Surgical Extraction

Surgical tooth extractions address teeth that have not emerged from the gumline. Common reasons for surgical extraction include impaction and preventing complications from wisdom teeth. Compared to simple extractions, these procedures are more complex and are usually handled by oral surgeons. If you need a surgical extraction, we will carefully plan your procedure and provide detailed pre-op instructions. 


What to Expect During Surgical Extractions

Unlike general dentists, Drs. Bird and Johnson are oral surgeons who can perform all types of tooth extraction.
Unlike general dentists, Drs. Bird and Johnson are oral surgeons who can perform all types of tooth extraction.


Surgical extractions involve preparation on the part of both the doctor and the patient. In many cases, we will prescribe an antibiotic for you to take prior to the procedure. Make sure to carefully follow all your pre-op instructions, and coordinate with a friend or family member to drive you home following your appointment. 


Most surgical extractions are performed with sedation. Once you are deeply relaxed, we will begin the procedure and diligently monitor your vitals throughout the appointment. 


Next, your doctor will make a small incision in the gums to access the tooth. Depending on the type of tooth and the extraction site, we may need to break up the tooth into smaller pieces for easier removal. 

Tooth Removal

Special instruments are used to help slightly expand and loosen the tooth socket. Then the tooth is removed (as a whole or in smaller pieces). In some cases, we may reshape the bone or perform a graft to help preserve the normal height and width of the jawbone ridge. 


Finally, your doctor will clean the extraction site and apply gauze to stop the bleeding. Larger incisions made when removing molars or wisdom teeth will be closed with stitches. After the procedure is complete, you can return home with your designated driver to begin your recovery. 

Want to Replace Your Extracted Teeth?

Following extraction, many patients choose to replace their teeth with state-of-the-art dental implants. Unlike traditional dental prosthetics, implants replace both the root and crown of your missing tooth. Drs. Bird and Johnson are proud to offer this innovative treatment to qualified patients at our Cocoa, FL, practice. 

Avoiding Complications
After Tooth Extraction

You play a big role in ensuring a healthy and speedy recovery from tooth extraction. It is important to follow all post-procedure instructions to reduce the chance of complications.

One of the most crucial steps of the healing process is protecting the blood clot that forms over your extraction site. Blood clots cover the exposed nerves and prevent complications like dry socket. If you are prescribed an antibiotic, please take the medication as directed and do not stop before the prescription is complete. Certain side effects like swelling are normal, especially in the first few days. However, if you develop a high fever or pus around the extraction site, please call us. 

If you have any concerns about dry socket or other complications, you can contact our Cocoa, FL, office at any time for help.

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Excellent doctor who explains everything in great detail. Wonderful bedside manner which instills confidence in Dr Johnson’s ability to meet your health needs. The office staff is wonderful and the whole experience exceeded my expectations. I would recommend Dr Johnson and his practice to everyone.

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What a wonderful office. Dr. Johnson is very knowledgeable, and is such a nice guy. The staff are all very friendly and helpful. Everyone made me feel at ease during my visit. I am very happy with my experience here, and would highly recommend them to anyone.

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Dr. Gerald Bird and Dr. Jay Johnson

Bird & Johnson Oral Surgery

Dr. Gerald Bird and Dr. Jay Johnson have several decades' worth of experience and are affiliated with prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • International College of Dentists
  • American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy

For more information about our services, call (321) 631-7000 to speak with our staff or reach out online.

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