Holistic Dental Center New Jersey

Tooth Extractions

Tooth Extractions

There are many different reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted. For example, an extraction may be necessary if a tooth is badly infected or broken and can not be saved with other restorative techniques. Other reasons include failed root canal treatments and standard wisdom tooth extractions. Luckily our doctors at Holistic Dental Center can help.

When does a tooth require extraction?

There are a few reasons why a tooth may need a tooth extracted. One of the most common reasons is that tooth decay has progressed so that we can no longer salvage the tooth. In other cases, teeth might need to be extracted due to infection, gum disease, or if they are impacted.

Wisdom Teeth

When wisdom teeth, also known as the third set of molars, don’t have enough room in your mouth to grow upright, they will grow inward toward other teeth. In that case, it’s best to have them removed so they don’t affect the rest of the teeth.

Trauma

A tooth can become fractured or chipped from trauma. In some patients’ situations, the nerve inside the tooth can be damaged, leading to a periapical abscess infection. If left untreated, it can lead to bone loss and even tooth loss. An extracted tooth is much easier to treat and avoid these complications.

Severe Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is a common issue that can occur for several reasons, such as poor oral hygiene or eating sugary foods and drinks. If caught early, we can often treat tooth decay with dental fillings. However, if the decay is more advanced and affects the underlying bone and nerves, the tooth will likely need to be extracted. 

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a serious infection caused by bacteria that can damage your teeth and cause tooth loss. If left untreated, it can cause damage to the bone that supports your teeth. If a tooth is affected by periodontal disease and cannot be saved, it will need to be extracted.

Symptoms of a Tooth Needing Extraction

If you are experiencing any of these severe symptoms, you may need to see a dentist for surgical extraction:

  • Swelling and/or pain in the jaw
  • Toothache, even when not chewing on that side of the mouth
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Pus drainage from around the tooth
  • A permanent tooth has become loose
  • Your permanent teeth have become damaged, cracked, or broken
  • A baby tooth that will not fall out
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold

The Extraction Process

Tooth extraction is a fairly standard procedure. What makes the Holistic Dental Center different in the extraction process is our use of integrative modalities to reduce infection and inflammation and promote healing. We use  Platelet Rich Fibrin Therapy (PRF) for all extraction sites and ozone therapy to reduce bacterial loads while also stimulating an immune response.

Most tooth extractions are relatively painless and cause minimal discomfort. However, there may be some discomfort and swelling following the procedure. This is normal and can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication.

After the tooth removal, you must rest and ice the affected area. Your dentist may also recommend that you take antibiotics if there is an infection. It is also essential to follow your dentist’s instructions for post-operative care.

Tooth Extraction FAQs

Depending on the extraction site and your healing time, the mouth can typically heal within two to four weeks. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort after your extractions, be sure to speak with your dentist about ways to manage these symptoms.
Porcelain veneers can be color-matched to match your surrounding natural teeth. We recommend getting a professional teeth whitening treatment before you get your veneers so that they can all be at your desired level of whiteness.

Contact Us for Your Tooth Extraction Needs

Our dental office is here to help if you require a tooth extraction. We know that it can be stressful for some, so we work hard to ensure that the process is smooth and stress-free. 

Give our dental office a call today to schedule your appointment for tooth extraction.

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