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Tooth Extractions in Jersey City, NJ

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Tooth Extractions Can Help Patients Restore An Attractive, Functional Smile

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Tooth Extraction Services Available at Journal Square Dental

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How to Prepare for a Tooth Extraction

If you are having tooth pains or have been in an accident that has resulted in facial trauma, the first step is to visit a dentist for a professional examination. Your doctor will take X-rays of your mouth and help identify the root cause of your pain. If the best treatment option for your specific circumstances is a tooth extraction, your dentist will give you instructions detailing any preparations necessary, including not eating or drinking before the procedure. 

An extraction procedure is a fairly quick and painless procedure that will utilize a local anesthetic. It is also a good idea to have someone drive you home after your procedure so you do not have to wait for the effects of the anesthesia to wear off. The recovery period is usually only a couple of days. You will likely be prescribed an over-the-counter pain reliever for any discomfort and will be given specific instructions on what you are allowed to drink, eat, and how to take care of the affected gum socket. 

What the Tooth Extraction Process Entails

Depending on the status of your tooth, there are two main types of extraction procedures your dentist may perform, including the following:

Simple Extraction

When your tooth needs to be removed due to infection, rot, or facial trauma that has resulted in a crack, a simple extraction can be performed. This will involve a local anesthetic to numb the gums and surrounding area of the tooth. The dentist will use a tool called an elevator to loosen the tooth and then forceps to remove it. 

Surgical Extraction

When the tooth is not visible or it is impacted, a surgical extraction may be required. One of the most common reasons for surgical extraction is the removal of a person’s wisdom teeth due to overcrowding. Surgical extractions will more than likely use both a local anesthetic and an intravenous or general anesthetic to help relieve pain, discomfort, and allow the patient to remain calm during the procedure. 

Your dentist will make a small incision in your gums and remove the tooth. For teeth that are heavily impacted, they may be required to remove small amounts of bone surrounding your teeth. 

Benefits of a Tooth Extraction

A tooth extraction can be performed as a way to help with the restoration of your mouth, as well as for general aesthetic purposes. If you are currently fighting gum disease like periodontitis or gingivitis, your tooth extraction may be the first of many procedures done to ensure your mouth is fully restored to its natural, healthy state. Once the procedure has been completed and your gum disease has been treated, your dentist will talk to you about a dental implant and your options regarding replacing the extracted tooth. 

Extractions can also help prevent complications from arising, such as wisdom teeth that come in impacted. Wisdom teeth often come in much later than other teeth and can grow crooked. They may even affect your alignment, damage your nerves, and more. 

Consult a Jersey City Tooth Extraction Specialist At Journal Square Dental Today

Dental work can feel stressful and scary, which is why it is so pivotal to partner with a dental professional you can trust. Journal Square Dental has proudly served Jersey City with all of their basic restorative and cosmetic dentistry needs for a quarter of a century now and is eager to do the same for you today. Dr. Haig Rickerby has been a member of the New Jersey Dental Association since 1987 and possesses the knowledge, skill set, and compassion necessary to handle your dental needs with unparalleled expertise. 

For more information on your potential tooth extraction and any other needs, please contact our office today at (201) 431-0288 or use our online contact form to schedule an examination.

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Dr. Haig Rickerby, DMD

January 18, 2024

Dr. Rickerby is currently an assistant professor at NYU’s School of Dentistry and has been a member of the American Academy of General Dentistry, National Dental Association, Commonwealth Dental Society, and the New Jersey Dental Association since 1987.

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