When to Remove a Tooth
Sometimes, saving a tooth isn't possible. If you have a tooth that is badly damaged, decayed, or impacted, Dr. Abid Paghdiwala can perform a tooth extraction at this Levittown, PA office. Patients can take advantage of a number of different restorative options to fill the gap in their smile, including dental bridges and dentures.
Benefits of Tooth Extraction
It's natural to feel uneasy about having a tooth removed. The good news is that the procedure is safe and relatively painless. Furthermore, patients who undergo a tooth extraction can benefit from:
- Less Discomfort: Damaged or infected teeth send pain radiating throughout the jaw. Once the compromised tooth is removed, patients are much more comfortable.
- Better teeth alignment: Sometimes, a tooth may need to be extracted to ease overcrowding in the mouth and make room for orthodontic appliances. As a result, you can enjoy a more aligned and comfortable bite.
- Preservation of adjacent teeth: Infections in one tooth can easily spread to its neighbors. Removing the affected tooth can consequently save the rest of your smile.
- A more beautiful smile: Removing a damaged tooth and restoring it with a prosthetic is an effective way to improve the appearance of your smile.
Candidacy for Tooth Extraction
Because surgery is such an invasive option, Dr. Paghdiwala will typically only recommend an extraction when more conservative options have failed or are not appropriate. However, in order to qualify for the procedure, you should not be on any medications or have any medical conditions that could lead to complications.
Extraction is usually recommended to patients suffering from:
- Significant dental decay
- Advanced periodontal disease
- An impacted tooth
- Dental damage caused by trauma
If you are experiencing sudden pain in your tooth or jaw area, contact your dentist immediately.
What to Expect during a Tooth Extraction
Before the procedure begins, one of our doctors will administer a local anesthetic at the extraction site so that you do not feel anything during the procedure. If you get anxiety during dental appointments, we can provide oral sedation to help you relax.
The doctor will then use a special tool to loosen and extract the tooth. Depending on which tooth is removed, they may need to make small incisions around the tooth, as well. Wisdom teeth or other molars may need to be broken and removed in pieces to prevent damage to surrounding gum tissue. If you decide to replace the tooth with a dental implant, one of our doctors can place a bone graft or grafting material into the jawbone to ensure that the bone does not deteriorate before the post is placed.
After the tooth has been removed, sutures will be used to close any incisions and gauze will be applied to the extraction site. Soon after, a blood clot will naturally form around the wound to protect the underlying bone. Recovery generally takes one week.
One of our doctors will provide tips for a healthy recovery. In the days after tooth extraction, patients should:
- Rest for the remainder of the day
- Follow the doctor’s recovery advice closely
- Eat soft foods
- Avoid using straws or eating popsicles, as this can dislodge the blood clot that has formed in the socket
- Sleep with an elevated head
Call Our Office Today
If you are experiencing sudden pain in your tooth or jaw area, contact your dentist immediately. The symptoms could be a sign of a severe infection, which can potentially spread to the surrounding teeth and undermine your health. To schedule treatment for your aching tooth or to learn more about tooth extractions, contact our office online or call (215) 949-8000.