Again, we need more info. If your floor is old, like a million years old and your house is on the historic register, and it is just gorgeously antique, then you have one issue and "philosophy" to think about.
If you live in a 50's ranch with an avocato sink still in the counter, and oak or maple floors, and a kid who roller blades in the house, or you and your wife love to move the piano around as a way to unwind, that is another problem.
Point is, sometimes "gouges" are ok.....sometimes they are not. And if we are taking out defects in an old pine plank floor vs a hardwood floor, that is something we really do need to know. Tell us the facts, man, and everyone will do their best to help you.