Occasionally, teeth need to be extracted. Reasons include:
- a severe toothache or infection
- a very large cavity
- or a fracture
Dr. Goldberg at Morris County Dental Associates performs most extractions himself, right in the office.
What is Tooth Extraction?
The usual reason a tooth needs extracting is because it has become so decayed that it can’t be saved. Dr. Goldberg will investigate the options of placing a crown or inlay/onlay on the tooth, which would preclude extraction, but if the decay is so advanced that it has damaged much of the tooth structure, it may need to be extracted.
Here are some other reasons a tooth may need to be extracted:
- Baby teeth may not be falling out in time to make way for permanent teeth.
- People getting braces may have teeth removed to create room for teeth to be moved into their place.
- Sometimes an extra tooth blocks other teeth from coming in.
- People with compromised immune systems (if they are receiving chemotherapy, for instance) may have a tooth pulled if it might cause infection.
- People receiving radiation to the head and neck may need to have teeth pulled in the field of radiation.
What is the process of extracting a tooth?
Before pulling a tooth, Dr. Goldberg will discuss the pros, cons, alternatives, and risks with you. Once you understand the process and all of your questions are answered, he will then administer local anesthetic to numb the area of the tooth. He will then uses a number of different instruments to gently remove the tooth.
When the tooth is out of the socket a blood clot will form. It’s important to try to maintain the clot in place. Dr. Goldberg will pack a gauze pad into the socket and will have you bite down on it to stop the bleeding. If the gums were opened, they may be closed with a few self-dissolving stitches.
If you will be replacing the tooth with a dental implant, a bone graft will be placed into the socket.
Tooth Extraction Recovery
Having a tooth extracted is surgery, and you can expect some pain. Usually it is mild and manageable with either over-the-counter pain medications. If something stronger is needed or advised, Dr. Goldberg will discuss it with you. Other instructions will probably apply, such as the use of ice and salt water rinses. Instructions are customized to your particular situation, and will be discussed one-on-one. You can continue to brush and floss, but you need to avoid the extraction site.
Why is it important to keep the blood clot in the socket?
If the blood clot breaks off from the socket, the bone is exposed to air and food. This is called dry socket, and it can be very painful and will typically cause strong odor or bad taste. If this happens, you’ll have to return to our offices and Dr. Goldberg will fill your dry socket with a medicated dressing to stop the pain and encourage healing.
How long will full healing take after a tooth extraction?
The initial healing period after a tooth extraction usually takes from one to two weeks. New bone and gum tissue will start to grow into the gap. However, it’s a bad idea not to replace the missing tooth. This is because teeth stay in place thanks to the pressure placed upon them by adjacent teeth. When a tooth or teeth are gone, the adjacent teeth tend to slide into the gap. This is a problem for the person’s bite and general alignment. The best replacement for a missing tooth is a dental implant.
Why should I consider Dr. Goldberg to have my tooth extracted?
Dr. Goldberg has been performing dental extractions for over 2 decades. He has advanced training and skill in this arena, and also performs many dental implants and bridges to replace the missing tooth. He knows how to look forward and see the final tooth replacement if that is what you wish to have accomplished, so he knows how to handle the extraction in a gentle and proper method to make the end result as perfect as possible.
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