Having a tooth extracted is never an easy decision, but it is sometimes the best course of action. If you need an extraction, the team at West Broadway Dental is here to help. Highly skilled dentists offer full extraction services to get your dental health back on track. Many men and women from in and around Paterson, New Jersey, trust West Broadway Dental for extractions as part of comprehensive dental care. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
There are numerous reasons why you might need a tooth extracted, including:
After your comprehensive dental exam, your dentist advises you on your options for addressing problems, including extraction. You’ll be fully informed before making any significant decisions.
There are two types of extractions: simple extractions and surgical extractions.
These procedures are relatively straightforward procedures. Your dentist uses a special instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth before removing it with forceps.
These procedures are more involved, and require a small gum incision to access the lower portion of the tooth. In some cases, a small portion of bone tissue must be removed to extract the tooth.
During the procedure, your tooth and surrounding soft tissue is numbed. You may feel a degree of pressure during the extraction, but no pain. West Broadway Dental has an oral surgeon on staff, and offers nitrous oxide and sedation services are available to make extractions more comfortable
Your dentist provides detailed aftercare instructions for your particular set of circumstances. These instructions should be followed carefully to promote healing.
Immediately after the extraction you need to bite down on a piece of gauze to stop the bleeding, and may need to continue changing the gauze pads for several hours. Icing the area can reduce swelling, if needed.
You may experience aching near the extraction site, but over-the-counter pain medications can help. You should try to relax for a day or two after the procedure.
Avoid forceful spitting or rinsing, drinking from a straw, or smoking after the extraction. Any of these activities can dislodge the blood clot that forms at the extraction site, which can lead to a painful condition known as “dry socket.”
Choose soft foods in the days following a tooth extraction. You can gradually increase solid foods as your gum tissue heals. Take care to avoid the extraction site when you brush and floss your teeth.
If you are contemplating the extraction of one or more teeth and you are in the Paterson, New Jersey, area, contact West Broadway Dental to schedule an appointment. Online scheduling is also available.