A tooth extraction involves removing a tooth from its socket in the bone. This is done when a tooth is severely damaged from decay or is badly broken. People who have teeth that are overcrowded may also need to have an extraction to free up room in the mouth. A baby tooth may also need to be extracted if it’s preventing the permanent tooth from growing in. Wisdom teeth are another cause for extraction as they can become decayed, cause pain, or become infected.
When a single tooth is extracted it’s a simple procedure done in a dentist’s office under local anesthetic. Once the anesthetic makes the area around the tooth numb enough, then the tooth will be loosened with a device called an “elevator.” After the tooth becomes loose enough, the dentist will grab it with forceps and remove it from the jaw. Gauze and direct pressure are applied to the socket to stop any bleeding that occurs.
Multiple tooth extractions will require you to have both a local anesthetic and intravenous anesthesia, or possibly even general anesthesia. The latter will usually be performed in a hospital or outpatient surgery center. In either case, the intravenous line will be placed into a vein in your arm. The dentist or oral surgeon makes the necessary incisions into your gum line and uses extractors or forceps to remove the teeth.
If you have conscious sedation or general anesthesia, it will be necessary to fully recover from the effects. Someone should accompany you to drive you home after the procedure. Mild pain may be present after an extraction. In these cases, over-the- counter medications will be helpful. There may be some mild oozing or bleeding from the incision site and the clot that forms on the wound shouldn’t be disturbed. If swelling is present, ice packs will help with relief. For the first few days, you’ll need to eat soft foods. The dentist will recommend aftercare practices such as using warm salt water rinses instead of brushing your teeth. You may need to return for a checkup after a week and have the stitches removed at this time.
At Totowa Dental Center, we strive to make every service achievable and affordable for all patients. We only accept PPO plans. Along with our accepted insurance, Totowa Dental Center accepts Care Credit and Lending Club. For more information about our insurance policies or payment methods, please call our office.
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