Extractions

The Dental Way

General Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Bergenfield, NJ

Getting a tooth pulled is unpleasant, but at times it's essential to avoid additional health problems. For quick and professional extractions, trust the experienced team at The Dental Way in Bergenfield, New Jersey. When a tooth needs to be removed, you can head our way. Call the office or schedule a consultation online.

Extractions Q & A

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Why would my tooth need to be removed?

Even though permanent teeth are made to last your lifetime, it doesn't always happen. For instance, you may need to have a tooth extracted because it's too cracked or chipped to repair. Lifestyle choices, trauma, and decay may all contribute to needing a tooth pulled.

Extractions may be necessary for other reasons, including:

  • Risk of infection from an unsuccessful root canal
  • Risk of infection during chemotherapy or an organ transplant
  • Severe periodontal (gum) disease
  • Extra or crowded teeth
  • No room for third molars (wisdom teeth)

What are the steps for a tooth extraction?

There are simple extractions and surgical extractions. A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that is visible in your mouth. During this type of procedure, an experienced dentist at The Dental Way loosens your tooth with a small instrument and lifts it out with dental forceps.

A surgical extraction is more involved. The tooth may not have fully grown into the mouth, as is typical with wisdom teeth, or it may be broken off at the gum line. In these situations, the dentist makes a small incision into the gum to access and remove the tooth. It may be necessary to remove some of the bone around your tooth as well so it can be thoroughly extracted.

Your dentist gives you an injection (a local anesthetic) to numb your mouth before a simple extraction or surgical extraction, so you shouldn't feel any pain. If multiple teeth are being extracted at the same appointment, as is the norm with wisdom teeth removal, your dentist might give you a general anesthetic. You'll feel no pain and will sleep through the procedure.

When will I be fully healed from a tooth extraction?

It depends on your individual situation and how many teeth you had extracted, but the initial healing period typically takes one to two weeks. New bone and gum tissue grow in the spaces where your teeth used to be. You may encounter difficulty chewing or general aches and pains on your way to recovery, depending on the extent of your dental surgery.

Because everyone's circumstances are different, we recommend you contact The Dental Way to schedule a consultation to explore your options plus any necessary post-procedure treatments such as crowns or dental implants.

Make an appointment online or call The Dental Way today.

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