We will make every effort to preserve your natural teeth. However, extractions are necessary when decay has made the tooth unsalvageable or when you have an advanced periodontal disease. When a tooth is malformed, damaged, impacted or ingrown, different procedures are used, but all extractions are considered surgery. Depending on which tooth is removed, we can offer you a replacement in the form of a dental implant or oral prosthetic.
Do I need my tooth extracted?
The doctor will determine if your tooth will need to be extracted. We will be happy to perform the procedure here, however some cases may require an Oral Surgeon, who specializes in more difficult extractions. Once this is discussed, we can refer you to a doctor who can take care of your needs and discuss replacement options for your missing tooth. We routinely work side by side with local oral surgeons to provide you with the best possible care.
What should I expect during an extraction procedure?
Every patient is different. Here at Bogden Family Dentistry we will do our best to make you comfortable during your extraction and explain everything to you. Written instructions will be sent home for your post operative care. At the time of extraction the doctor will need to numb your tooth with a local anesthetic. During the extraction process you will feel a lot of pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal. If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction please let us know right away.
How long is the healing process?
After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours. It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean. After a few days you should feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, a reaction to the medication, or have any questions, call our office immediately. (908)788-5001