There are several reasons why it might be necessary for an adult to undergo a tooth extraction. Many adults have their wisdom teeth removed to allow room for other teeth to grow into place, but there are reasons beside this one. If a tooth becomes badly infected, it may have to be removed so that the infection doesn't spread, and a tooth which is badly decayed may also have to be removed. Individuals who are having orthodontic work done may need to have one or more teeth extracted to allow room for the intended movement of teeth in the mouth. Whichever of these reasons may be the case in your own situation, the tooth extraction should be accomplished by a dentist or oral surgeon.
In most teeth extractions, a local anesthetic is sufficient to numb any pain which the patient might feel. Sometimes however, a general anesthetic must be used if the patient is already in a great deal of pain, or if they have a great fear of extractions. For the most part, teeth which are easily visible can be removed with little or no trouble. When teeth are below the surface of the gums, or if they are broken or impacted, the extraction procedure becomes more complicated. In any case, a skilled dentist or oral surgeon will be able to accomplish your tooth extraction with little or no discomfort to you.
If you think you might need a tooth extraction, you should contact us at (732) 314-4218, or fill out the contact form on our website and submit it. We will be glad to answer any questions you might have about tooth extractions or any of our other services. We can also set you up with an appointment or an initial consultation, to get the process started for your tooth extraction.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are tooth extractions?
A: Tooth extractions are procedures which remove damaged or infected teeth from the mouth. During the process, the root of the tooth will also be removed from the alveolar bone along with the crown.
Q: Are tooth extractions painful?
A: No, they are not. Patients will be administered either a local or general anesthetic during the procedure, so no pain or discomfort will be felt during the procedure.
Q: How long does it take to recover from an extraction?
A: It varies from one patient to another. However, if you follow the dentist's at-home instructions carefully, you can always shorten the time necessary to recover from the procedure.
Q: Is it possible to smoke after an extraction?
A: No, it is extremely dangerous to start smoking after an extraction. The blood clot which forms after an extraction can be dislodged by smoking, and this will cause considerable discomfort to the patient. It's also possible for the patient to experience a spike in blood pressure, dry socket, dizziness, possible infections, and a much slower healing process.
Q: What can I do to speed up recovery?
A: You can take pain relievers and use ice packs to reduce swelling. You can also use a saline solution to rinse the gum occasionally. Eat foods that require less chewing, and brush and floss normally, while avoiding the site of the extraction.