If you have a damaged, diseased or weak tooth, Dr. Robert Steinberger will do everything he can to rehabilitate it and preserve it as long as possible. Natural teeth are ideal for maintaining the structure and function of your mouth and jawbone. However, sometimes it is best for your dental health, function and personal comfort to extract the tooth.
When the circumstances require tooth extraction, Dr. Steinberger’s gentle touch and compassionate chairside manner help to make the experience smooth and stress-free. He will walk you through every step of the extraction procedure and make sure you are completely comfortable before and during the process. Our entire dental team is deeply committed to your safety and comfort.
Common Reasons for Tooth Extraction
The following are common reasons why a tooth would need to be extracted:
- It is severely infected
- It is impacted (i.e., unable to grow into the mouth)
- It is so decayed or damaged that saving it is impossible
- It is loose due to gum disease destroying the supporting bone
- The teeth are crowded and the mouth must be prepared for orthodontic treatment
Wisdom teeth are some of the most commonly extracted teeth. Since they are the last teeth to erupt into the mouth, there may not be adequate space for them to grow. If the wisdom teeth are impacted, it can lead to other complications, like infection and gum disease; or, it can interfere with the bite.
What to Expect during and after Tooth Extraction
First, the tooth to be extracted, the gums surrounding the tooth and the jawline will be completely numbed so you do not feel any pain during the procedure. We can also discuss sedation options to help you feel calm and relaxed during the extraction.
Dr. Steinberger will gently loosen the tooth before removing it from its socket in the jawbone.
After the tooth has been extracted, we will ask you to bite down on a gauze pad placed over the extraction site for about 30 to 45 minutes. The pressure helps the blood to clot. During the first few days after the extraction, you should avoid doing anything that could disturb the clot — including smoking, drinking through a straw, sucking on candies or performing strenuous activities. You should also avoid brushing the extraction site, using mouth rinse with alcohol or drinking alcohol, as this can irritate the area.
It is normal to have some swelling and slight discomfort after a tooth extraction. Applying a cold compress to the mouth and sleeping with your head elevated will help to reduce swelling. Most people recover from a tooth extraction in about five to seven days.
Sometimes an oral surgery procedure is required to extract a tooth that has not fully erupted or that has broken off at the gum line. Surgical extractions can be performed by a dentist or an oral surgeon.
Contact East Tremont Dental
If you have been told that you need a tooth extracted, Dr. Steinberger can help. Please contact East Tremont Dental and schedule a consultation with him to learn more about tooth extractions and what they entail.