Whether you need a wisdom tooth extracted or you find yourself in an emergency requiring a tooth to be removed, please contactLittle Family Dentistry in Bayonne, NJ . Our staff understands that accidents can occur and are available to assist you with simple or wisdom teeth extractions.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your mouth from a toothache, it may be that the tooth is decayed or deteriorating beyond restoration and needs to be removed. A simple extraction is done if the tooth is above the gum line. A surgical extraction is performed if the tooth has not entirely broken through the gum line. To assist our patients in understanding the benefits of a surgical or simple removal, the doctor at Little Family Dentistry in our Bayonne will take digital X-rays and perform a dental exam to identify the problem.
What Should I Expect from a Tooth Extraction?
At Little Family Dentistry, the dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area before the removal. Then the doctor will rock the tooth back and forth to loosen the tooth and remove it from the jawbone, carefully disconnecting the tooth from the gum tissue and ligaments. Once the tooth is extracted, the dentists will wash the socket. You will need to bite down on a piece of gauze to control the bleeding. In a surgical extraction, the doctor will prepare the area using a local anesthetic or general anesthesia. To take out the tooth, the doctor will surgically cut through the gum tissue and bone. In some cases, the tooth is cut into sections for a faster extraction. Once the tooth is removed, the socket is rinsed and stitched close.
What Happens After an Extraction?
A blood clot develops in the socket of the removed tooth. Our Bayonne staff will instruct the patient to keep the area clean and watch for any sign of infection. We suggest you use over-the-counter ibuprofen for any tenderness after the extraction. Occasionally, the doctor may prescribe prescription painkillers. Patients may want to follow a liquid diet and eat soft foods for a few hours after a tooth extraction. Also, brush your teeth gently so as to avoid opening the socket of the extraction. The gum tissue and bone will heal a week or two after the procedure.
For more information regarding teeth extractions, call Little Family Dentistry in Bayonne, NJ at (201) 273-9233 for an appointment.