EXTRACTIONS

Your dentist in Warren, NJ

While we promote saving and keeping your natural teeth, there are a number of reasons why a tooth extraction may be necessary.

REASONS FOR EXTRACTIONS

  • Infection:  An extraction may be necessary if an infection is so severe that antibiotics or root canal therapy cannot cure it or if the patient's immune system is compromised. 

  • Crowded Mouth:  In some instances, teeth are extracted to prepare the mouth for orthodontia work (such as braces).

  • Advanced Periodontal (Gum) Disease:  In severe cases of advanced periodontal disease, the infection of the tissue and bone surrounding and supporting the teeth can cause the teeth to loosen and it may be necessary to pull the tooth/teeth. 

  • Impacted Teeth:  Impacted teeth mean that the tooth is coming in at an angle and can potentially cause problems, such as pain or even infection.  Impacted teeth may only partially emerge making it difficult to clean. 

WHAT TO EXPECT

Once the patient is numb, using forceps, Dr. Scott gently rocks the tooth back and forth until it is loosen from the jaw bone and tissues that hold it in place. Sometimes, a hard to pull tooth must be removed in pieces. 

If multiple teeth are being removed, such as several wisdom teeth, a strong general anesthetic prevents pain and makes the patient sleep during the procedure.  Impacted teeth require the dentist or oral surgeon to cut away the gum and bone tissue that cover the tooth, before the tooth can be removed. 

After the tooth or teeth are removed, gauze is packed into the socket to help stop the bleeding and to form a blood clot.  Self-dissolving stitches are sometimes placed to close the gum edges over the extraction site.  

RECOVERY

Recovery typically takes a few days.  It is imperative that the patient rests and restricts his/her diet to soft foods.  The following can help minimize discomfort, reduce the risk of infection, and speed recovery.

  • Follow the painkiller regiment prescribed by your dentist

  • Change gauze pads as directed by your dentist

  • Apply ice to the affected area for 10 minutes at a time

  • Rest for at least the first 24 hours after the extraction and limit activity for the next few days.

  • Avoid using a straw or being too forceful with rinsing or spitting as this could dislodge the clot.

  • Eat soft foods such as yogurt, pudding or applesauce.  Avoid any foods that may be too hot.  

  • Do not lie flat as it may prolong bleeding.  Make sure your head is propped with pillows.

  • Continue to brush and floss your teeth, avoiding the extraction site.   

CALL YOUR DENTIST IF:

  • Bleeding lasts for more than 24 hours

  • Signs of infection, including fever or chills

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Excessive discharge, redness or swelling from the extraction site.

  • Severe pain more than four hours after the extraction

Location and Hours

Warren Dentist

Serving Warren, NJ and Surrounding Areas

161 Washington Valley Rd, Suite 202

Warren, NJ 07059

Hours

Monday: 7:30am- 7:30pm

Tuesday: 5:00pm- 9:00pm

Wednesday: 7:30am- 7:30pm

Thursday: 7:30am- 7:30pm

Friday: 7:30am- 5:30pm

Saturdays: 8:00am- 2:00pm

Sundays: Closed

161 Washington Valley Rd, Suite 202   |   Warren, NJ   |   732-630-6672

DELUXE DENTAL GROUP

161 Washington Valley Rd
STE 202
Warren, NJ 07059
732-630-6672

 

Monday: 7:30am- 7:30pm
Tuesday: 5:00pm- 9:00pm
Wednesday: 7:30am- 7:30pm
Thursday: 7:30am- 7:30pm
Friday: 7:30am- 5:30pm
Saturdays: 8:00am- 2:00pm
Sundays: Closed

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