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Tooth Extractions – Newtown, PA

Gentle and Compassionate Tooth Removal

Tooth in forceps after tooth extractions in Newtown

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

Woman in white shirt with toothache, may need an extraction

Some common reasons for tooth extractions include:

  • A tooth has become so badly decayed or damaged that it cannot be repaired.
  • Your teeth are overcrowded, and extractions are necessary to make room for orthodontic treatment.
  • A baby tooth has overstayed its welcome and is threatening the health of the permanent teeth.
  • The wisdom teeth are impacted and may pose a danger to your oral health or overall well-being.
  • Advanced gum disease has compromised a tooth’s base of support in the jawbone.

What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?

Dentist reassuring elderly patient before tooth extraction procedure

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

Smiling woman relaxing at home after tooth extraction

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:

  • Take medications as recommended by your oral surgeon. You might need to take painkillers and/or antibiotics.
  • Be careful about what you eat. You may need to stay away from hard, crunchy, hot, and spicy foods for at least a few days.
  • Avoid straws and smoking. Using a straw or smoking cigarettes can dislodge the blood clot that forms at an extraction site, putting you at risk of a complication known as dry socket.
  • Rest. Many patients find it beneficial to avoid strenuous exertion for at least a day or two after their procedure.
  • Rinse with warm saltwater after the first 24 hours. This can minimize swelling and fight bacteria.
  • Call us if you have questions. Post-operative complications are rare, but if you have any questions or concerns at all during your recovery, please call us right away.
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