Tooth Extractions An Overview
Tooth extraction is commonly performed to address a severely damaged tooth. Many dentists consider tooth extractions as a last resort. Our Montclair Plaza dental care team will do the best they can to preserve the natural teeth. Your dentist will perform an evaluation to determine if the tooth can be restored with root canal therapy first. If a tooth extraction is deemed necessary, your Montclair Plaza dentist will work with you to create a treatment plan based on personal needs.
Tooth extractions are performed in our Montclair Plaza dental office under the care of an experienced endodontist. Tooth extraction can typically be completed in just one visit. We offer sedation options to help patients feel comfortable during their procedure.
Tooth extraction may be necessary for:
- Overcrowded teeth
- Damaged teeth
- Diseased teeth
- Impacted wisdom teeth
Wisdom Teeth Removal
One of the most common types of tooth extractions is wisdom teeth removal. Wisdom teeth removal usually occurs during the late teen and early twenties. Dr. Srikureja will perform a full comprehensive exam and X-rays to determine if wisdom teeth removal is necessary.
In some cases, the teeth are impacted or crowded, which will require the removal of the wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, infection, and swelling of the soft tissue and face. Dr. Srikureja will discuss all aspects of the wisdom teeth procedure during your consultation.
Tooth Extractions What to Expect
A tooth extraction is usually performed under local anesthetic. If necessary, Dr. Srikureja can provide dental sedation to create a more comfortable experience.
The tooth is gently removed from the socket by the root. The socket is carefully cleaned and sutured to prevent infection and irritation. To stop the bleeding and begin the healing process, it is important for a blood clot to form. A small amount of bleeding is considered normal.
Dr. Srikureja will supply detailed aftercare instructions to promote a healthy, speedy recovery. You should avoid smoking, rinsing, or drinking through a straw for at least 24 hours because it can dislodge the clot, delay healing, and lead to dry socket. Most patients recover fully within a day or two after the procedure.
Replacement for Extracted Teeth
After you have a tooth extracted, it is very important to replace it. We offer a full range of missing teeth replacement options in our Montclair Plaza dental office. Even one missing tooth will have negative effects on your oral health. The surrounding teeth will begin to shift towards the void and bone will begin to deteriorate. The number of teeth you are having extracted will determine which type of restoration you will need. Your options include a dental bridge, a partial denture, or a denture. You also have the option of replacing any number of extracted teeth with dental implant(s).
Dr. Srikureja will recommend dental implants to replace your extracted tooth or teeth. Dental implants are the number one recommended solution for patients with missing or damaged teeth. They are the most natural-looking and advanced solution when compared to other teeth restoration options. We perform all aspects of the dental implant procedure in our Montclair Plaza dental office.