Removing a tooth is never our ideal treatment for dental conditions, but sometimes it is necessary to protect your oral health and your remaining teeth.
Extractions are a last resort, and we often try to dissuade patients from an extraction if we feel we can save a damaged or diseased tooth by offering root canal therapy, restoration, or periodontal treatment as an alternative.
When Tooth Extraction Is the Only Option
Sometimes, however, dental extractions cannot be avoided. Some of the common conditions requiring us to extract a troubled tooth include:
- A tooth broken below the gumline
- Failed root canal therapy
- Severe bone loss
- Irreversible periodontal disease
- Symptomatic wisdom teeth
If you are facing a dental extraction, Dr. Craig Weinstein can ensure that your treatment goes smoothly and provide you with tooth-replacement options so you can enjoy good oral health in the future.
Your Tooth Extraction Treatment
Many people feel anxious about having a tooth removed.
At our Fords, NJ dental office, we make every procedure comfortable for our patients. We know patients require varying amounts of anesthetic and react differently to dental anesthetics. We will discuss this with you so we can approach your care in the best way possible. We also offer nitrous oxide for our fearful patients.
Once we remove your tooth, we will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions so you can heal quickly and without complications. While each surgery is different, some basic guidelines include:
Don’t drink through a straw or smoke cigarettes. This can dislodge the healing tissue from your extraction site, cause a painful condition called “dry socket,” and disrupt your healing.
Keep the area clean and avoid chewing near your surgical site. Never use a WaterPik or a forceful stream to clean the area.
Maintain good hygiene at home. Keeping your mouth free of unwanted bacteria will help you heal.
Make your follow-up exam and keep it! Dr. Weinstein will monitor your healing.
If we recommend products to assist with healing, be sure to use them, as directed.
Replacing a Missing Tooth
Once you heal, it will be time to discuss the best ways to replace your missing teeth.
We offer tooth replacement options including:
- Partial dentures
- Dental implants
- Fixed dental bridges
Not every tooth will require replacement! Wisdom teeth, for example, often require an extraction because they do not have enough room to erupt properly, so we will not replace them. Other teeth, however, should be replaced to maintain your smile and your bite. When you lose a tooth, the adjacent teeth will drift toward the gap in your smile, starting a chain reaction of events that can lead to additional tooth loss.
Are You Facing a Dental Extraction?
Contact us right away. Our friendly and compassionate team will guide you through the process and be here to answer your questions so you feel confident in the future of your oral health.