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Tooth Extractions - West Orange, NJ

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As dentists practicing in the best interest of your smile, our primary goal is to help you keep the teeth you were born with for as long as possible. Sometimes, though, keeping a problem tooth just isn’t a good idea -- and extraction is needed for the good of your oral and overall health. Fortunately, you can turn to D&G Dental for comfortable and efficient tooth extractions in West Orange, NJ. Keep reading to learn more about when an extraction is required, how they work, and what the recovery is like.

When Is Tooth Extraction Necessary?

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We will not hesitate to recommend tooth extraction as a last resort for a severely decayed tooth or a damaged tooth that has broken off at the gum line. For crowded teeth, extraction may be recommended before beginning orthodontic treatment. In the event of a serious toothache or abscess, the extraction may be performed as a dental emergency. For wisdom teeth or tooth crowding, you may be able to schedule a separate appointment for the extraction.

What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?

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To ensure your complete comfort, a tooth extraction is performed under general anesthesia with the help of sedation for additional relaxation as needed. There are two types of extractions that are possible: simple and surgical.

  • Simple extraction: Possible when the tooth has erupted from the gum line and can be removed by wiggling it back and forth. Using an instrument similar to forceps, your dentist will gently loosen the tooth until the crown comes out.
  • Surgical extraction: Required when the tooth is trapped or has broken off at the gum line. This type of procedure requires the use of a scalpel and sutures. Your dentist will open the gums, remove any bone or gum tissue that is covering the tooth, and then efficiently remove the problematic tooth.

If the tooth needs to be replaced for proper oral function, your dentist will discuss your options with a dental implant if possible before the extraction begins to ensure you do not have to spend any time with missing teeth. Wisdom teeth and extra teeth do not require replacement.

What Is the Recovery Like Following Tooth Extraction?

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Your recovery will depend on the type of extraction that you underwent. After a simple extraction, you may just need to rest for a few hours and use an ice pack/pain medication to relieve discomfort. Following a surgical extraction, though, you may need to take some time off school or work to fully recover. Eating a soft foods diet and following your dentist’s instructions will help to ensure that you heal up as quickly and comfortably as possible.

Call Us Today!

Getting a tooth removed can be comfortable and hassle-free when you visit the right dental practice. To book a visit for tooth extraction in Caldwell, please don’t hesitate to call D&G Dental today.