Dr. Ira Goldberg is a general and restorative dentist in Succasunna, NJ offering experienced care for tooth extractions to patients. If you have severe or sudden tooth pain it is important to seek an appointment so that Dr. Goldberg can evaluate the condition of your affected tooth and recommend appropriate care.
Tooth extraction is always a treatment of last resort when all other restorative options are not considered viable. If you have impacted wisdom teeth or extensive tooth damage one of the best options for you is often tooth removal. This general dentistry treatment helps ensure that all teeth are healthy and we can offer restorative solutions to replace your extracted tooth.
Why Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?
Patients may require a tooth extraction for several reasons, including:
- Wisdom teeth extraction
- Remove extra teeth
- Overcrowding of teeth
- Teeth damaged from gum disease
- Tooth infection
- Extensive tooth damage
- To create more space in the mouth to accommodate orthodontics
- Baby teeth that prevent permanent teeth from developing correctly
If you have any of these conditions, call 973-298-5893 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Goldberg and discuss your concerns and treatment options.
The Tooth Extraction Procedure
Dr. Goldberg will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area of the tooth that is being extracted. He will then gently remove the tooth by rocking it back and forth in the socket. 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 often considered oral surgery, and you can expect some pain. However, it is usually mild and manageable with over-the-counter pain medications. Ice and saltwater rinses may also be needed. Dr. Goldberg will review your customized post-treatment instructions with you before you leave our office. You can continue to brush and floss, but you need to avoid the extraction site.
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, you may need to replace the missing tooth. When a tooth or teeth are gone, the adjacent teeth tend to slide into the gap, which is a problem for the person’s bite and alignment. The best replacement for a missing tooth is often a dental implant.
Tooth Extraction FAQs
How long should I rest after tooth extraction?
After a tooth extraction, it is complete, patients will need to rest for at least one day or 24 hours. Most patients limit their physical activity for a couple of days following the procedure to give their bodies time to heal.
How long will it hurt after tooth extraction?
Most patients report feeling pain for 1-3 days following their tooth extraction. The area may be tender and swollen for a week or two following the procedure. Icing and OTC pain relievers can help regulate any pain.
What is the best OTC painkiller after tooth extraction?
The best OTC painkiller following a tooth extraction is ibuprofen. It will lessen the swelling and relieve pain temporarily while you heal. Follow instructions and do not overdo it because painkillers can sometimes elongate recovery and healing time.
Do and don’ts after tooth extraction?
After tooth extraction patients should avoid eating and chewing hard or sticky foods. It is recommended to stick to a soft diet for the first few days following the extraction. Patients should also avoid smoking following their tooth extraction to avoid dry socket.
How can I make my tooth extraction heal faster?
Patients can help speed up their recovery from a tooth extraction by holding gauze over the extraction site, being careful while eating and drinking, avoiding smoking, rinsing with a warm salt water solution, and resting.
How long should I use salt water after tooth extraction?
After a tooth extraction patients may rinse with a warm salt water solution to soothe their gums and remove bacteria. Most patients rinse with saltwater twice a day until the area feels like it is healing.
Dr. Goldberg offers tooth extraction in Succasunna, NJ. Call 973-298-5893 or request an appointment at Morris County Dental Associates online.