Tooth Extractions – Westfield, NJ
Doing What’s Necessary to Protect Your Smile
While missing teeth can be replaced, Dr. Weinman will always recommend keeping your natural teeth whenever possible. To that end, we offer a variety of restorative services to renew damaged, decayed, and worn down teeth. However, some teeth simply cannot be saved, leaving a tooth extraction in Westfield as your best option for protecting the rest of your mouth. Call us today to set up a consultation and learn more about the extraction process and how our team will help you through it.
Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary
Tooth extractions are reserved for very specific circumstances, and they are only ever recommended as a last resort. When we tell you that a tooth has to be removed, it is only after we have taken the time to consider other options and determined that they are not viable. Indications for a tooth extraction include:
- A decayed tooth that does not respond to root canal therapy
- Trauma that has destroyed too much of the existing enamel for the tooth to be repaired
- A certain tooth is preventing the rest of the smile from making the necessary movements during orthodontic treatment
- A tooth is impacted, completely unable to erupt
The Process of Removing a Tooth
Teeth are removed in one of two ways: pulling them or surgically extracting them. Pulling a tooth is also known as a simple extraction, and it can only be performed if the tooth in question has fully emerged from the gum line. We numb the area around the tooth, then use a clasping tool to shift it back and forth, eventually causing it to break free. In cases where surgery is required, we make an incision in the gums to reveal as much of the tooth as possible. Additional steps may need to be taken depending on the circumstances. For example, we might have to break the tooth into smaller sections in order to remove it safely. Rest assured that each step of the procedure will be planned very carefully for the sake of your oral health.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
For the next few days after a tooth extraction, you’ll need to protect the extraction site until it has fully healed. A blood clot will form over the wound; it’s important to protect this blood clot until new tissue has formed. Otherwise, you could experience a painful dry socket or suffer an infection. Furthermore, you’ll likely experience some discomfort after the numbness in your mouth has worn off.
We will create a pain management plan for you that utilizes prescription and over-the-counter medication as needed. We’ll also give you instructions for practicing good oral hygiene during the recovery period, such as brushing without disturbing the blood clot. You’ll need to eat soft foods while your mouth heals, and we can give you some suggestions to help you plan your meals.
The discomfort and swelling associated with a tooth extraction should fade over time. Call us right away if the pain grows worse, if you experience sensitivity near the surgical site, or if there’s bleeding that doesn’t stop after two days.