Tooth Extraction

Dentists are trained to save your teeth. They do everything in their power to help you maintain a mouth full of natural teeth. But there are times, despite your dentist’s best efforts, that you have to have a tooth extraction. The good news is that it’s a painless process when done by the careful, caring dentists at Dental Associates of Morris County, New Jersey. If you’re having toothaches, don’t wait. Contact us today.

Your family dentist doesn’t like to lose a tooth, but if you wait too long for treatment, for example, then a tooth removal may be the best option. A tooth extraction can save your other teeth and allow you to move on to tooth replacement options. Because of dental implants, losing a tooth is no longer the worst thing that can happen.

Teeth extractions are fairly common today, as tooth decay has become a real problem in the U.S. Whether it’s an emergency tooth extraction or a scheduled extraction for impacted wisdom teeth, you can get comfortable, pain-free service from Dental Associates of Morris County. No matter why you need a tooth pulled, get it done professionally, not a cheap tooth extraction that may impact your overall health in other ways.

Dental Conditions Requiring Tooth Removal

There are many reasons why you need a tooth extraction. With any compassionate dentist, though, it’s always the last resort, when other treatments have failed. Some common reasons for needing teeth extractions include:

    • Your tooth has suffered extensive damage in an accident.
    • Your tooth has cracked, requiring a broken tooth extraction.
    • Your tooth is infected and it needs to be pulled to treat the infection and keep it from spreading.
    • Your tooth is fractured to the point that it can’t be saved, not even with a crown.
    • Multiple teeth are damaged, and the cost for repairing them is too great.
    • You have advanced gum disease, requiring an emergency tooth extraction.
    • Your wisdom teeth are erupting, and you need more space in your mouth.

The Possibility of Complications

Your New Jersey dentist practices sedation or sleep dentistry if you’re worried about the pain from teeth extractions. It’s a safe procedure done painlessly. But there are complications that can develop, especially after the tooth has been pulled. The greatest risk is a tooth extraction infection, which occurs in the pocket where the tooth used to be. You’ll know you have a tooth extraction infection if you have symptoms that include:

    • Pain in your gums that keeps getting worse
    • Radiating pain to your face and neck
    • A prolonged fever
  • Nausea and vomiting

To reduce the risk of a tooth extraction infection, follow your dentist’s instructions and take the full course of antibiotics if prescribed. Among the instructions are no smoking or using straws until you heal. Contact your dentist if you experience any of the infection symptoms above. An infection has to be treated promptly.

How Much Do Teeth Extractions Cost?

If you go for a cheap tooth extraction, you may open yourself up to unforeseen health consequences that go beyond a tooth extraction infection. When you need a tooth pulled, have it done by a professional in a clinical setting, like the office of Dental Associates of Morris County. If you need a broken tooth extraction or especially an emergency tooth extraction, get it done by a reputable dentist.

Besides, a tooth removal normally isn’t that expensive a procedure. The real expense may be in replacing the tooth. A single tooth implant can be expensive. The price for bridges, plates and even dentures all add up.

Protecting Your Oral Health After a Tooth Removal

After your tooth’s been pulled, you need to allow the pocket where the tooth was to heal properly and fully. During this time, you may feel some discomfort, but there shouldn’t be any real pain. Over-the-counter medicine is usually sufficient to get you through the first few days, although your dentist may provide a prescription for a low-dose painkiller.

Instructions during your recovery often include:

    • Don’t smoke
    • Don’t use straws
    • Avoid hot or carbonated beverages
    • Keep food away from the affected area in your mouth
    • Don’t brush or floss that area of your mouth
    • Eat a diet of soft foods, nothing crunchy or sticky
    • Follow the hygiene instructions provided by your dentist to keep your mouth clean
  • Stay relaxed and let your mouth heal

Once you’re past the healing process, you can begin to consider alternatives for replacing the missing tooth. Your ideal choice is determined by where the missing tooth is located, what your budget is and whether appearance is a factor. Fortunately, you have many choices. Contact your cosmetic dentist who also practices family dentistry: Dental Associates of Morris County.