Tooth Extractions – Newtown, PA
Gentle and Compassionate Tooth Removal
Here at The Dentists of Newtown, we aim to help our patients keep their teeth for a lifetime. However, there are some circumstances in which it becomes necessary to remove one or more teeth. If that ever proves true in your case, rest assured that we will handle your extraction with compassion and gentleness. Your comfort and oral health are our top priorities! Continue reading this page to learn more about why tooth extractions are sometimes necessary and what you can expect from the procedure.
Reasons for Tooth Extractions
Some common reasons for tooth extractions include:
What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extractions can be divided into two categories:
Simple extractions are for teeth that have fully erupted from the gumline. We numb the tooth and the tissue around it, then grip the tooth with forceps. We rock the tooth back and forth to break the ligaments that are keeping it in place. After the tooth is out, gauze helps to control any bleeding.
Surgical extractions are more complex. They are necessary when a tooth is fully or partially impacted (stuck beneath the gumline). This procedure is often used to remove wisdom teeth. To remove impacted teeth, an oral surgeon in Newton first makes sure the patient is comfortable, usually with the use of both local anesthesia and sedation. Then, they make an incision in the gums and remove the tooth. In some cases, it is necessary to break the tooth into pieces.
What to Expect During Recovery
If you undergo a simple extraction, you can expect to be feeling quite normal within a few days. The recovery period from surgical extractions may last 7 – 10 days or so. Here are some tips to make your recovery as comfortable and low-risk as possible: