Having a tooth pulled can be a daunting experience, but you are in good hands at Dental Group of Morristown.
Reasons for a Dental Extraction
Our team will always first perform an exam and try to save your tooth if possible. However, certain circumstances may warrant an extraction, such as:
- Severe tooth decay or infection that has damaged the tooth beyond repair
- Impacted teeth that are unable to erupt through the gums
- Extra teeth that crowd the mouth and prevent other teeth from erupting properly
- Orthodontic treatment to make room for crowded teeth
Types of Dental Extractions
While it sounds like a pretty straightforward process, there are two different types of tooth extractions:
Simple Tooth Extraction
A simple dental extraction is performed on a tooth visible above the gum line. The dentist will numb the area around the tooth with local anesthesia before using special dental instruments to loosen and remove the tooth. A simple extraction is most common with baby teeth or teeth that have been damaged by decay.
Surgical Tooth Extraction
A surgical extraction will be necessary if a tooth has not erupted through the gum line or has broken off at the gum line. This type of extraction is more complex and can require local or general anesthesia—depending on the patient’s dental anxiety level—and making a small incision in the gum to remove the tooth. This is most common with wisdom teeth and is usually performed by oral surgeons.
Before we perform tooth extractions, our team will take x-rays to better look at the extraction site and affected tooth structure and determine the best course of action to take on the damaged tooth.
The first step in tooth extraction is to numb the area around the tooth. This is usually done with a local anesthetic. Once the area is numb, the dentist will use special tools to loosen and remove the tooth. Sometimes, the dentist may need to make a small incision to remove the tooth.
After the tooth has been removed, the area will be rinsed with sterile water, and a gauze pad will be placed over the empty tooth socket to help reduce bleeding and promote healing. You may feel discomfort after the numbing medication wears off, but this can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medication. You should not feel any severe pain at the extraction site.
Extractions are generally safe and straightforward dental surgery procedures. However, as with any surgery, there are some risks involved. These include tooth infection, gum disease, dry socket, blood clots, surrounding teeth damage, and excessive bleeding. Be sure to talk to your dentist about any concerns you may have before your procedure.
Tooth Extractions in Morristown, NJ
Dental Group of Morristown is committed to providing our patients with the best possible care. Our team of skilled dentists has extensive experience performing dental extractions and will work to ensure that you are comfortable and well-informed throughout the entire process. So give us a call today to schedule your appointment!