If you need to remove a tooth that’s beyond repair, a tooth extraction is an excellent solution. Drs. Daniel Butensky and Richard Procopio provide safe and effective tooth extractions at Dental Studios in Summit and Westfield, New Jersey. Schedule your visit by phone or online and learn more about tooth extractions today.
A tooth extraction is the professional removal of your tooth. Your dentist will only suggest extracting a tooth if it is beneficial to your overall oral health. The team of dentists at Dental Studios is highly skilled in performing extractions. It is a safe, gentle, and effective procedure.
There are a few reasons your dentist might recommend an extraction, including extensive damage or decay that can’t be treated with a root canal, or to make more room in your mouth for an orthodontic treatment or dentures.
It’s also common to extract your wisdom teeth, which are your third set of molars that emerge later in life (typically around your early twenties). Most people don’t have enough room in their dental arch for these extra teeth, leaving them to come in at awkward angles, cause crowding and infection, or become stuck under your gumline (impacted). Since your wisdom teeth are unnecessary, it’s usually better for your oral health to just extract them.
When you get an extraction at Dental Studios, your dentist uses a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the surrounding tissues so that you don’t feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
If the tooth has erupted through the gums, the team uses a special tool to loosen it. Then, they remove it with a pair of forceps and pack your empty socket with gauze to form a clot.
If your tooth is impacted, your dentist makes an incision in your gums to expose the tooth before removing it. Depending on the size and angle of your tooth, they might also cut it up into sections to make the extraction easier.
Your dentist sends you home from your extraction with specific aftercare instructions. You should follow these instructions closely to encourage effective healing. Generally speaking, you need to avoid rinsing, spitting, or using a straw for 24 hours after your procedure, and you should limit contact with the extraction site when you brush and floss your teeth.
To learn more about tooth extractions, call the offices at Dental Studios today or book a visit via the web.