Tooth Extractions In Abington, PA
Tooth extractions may be indicated for various reasons including extensive decay, severe bone loss, fracture, infection or disease. We at McDowell Dental Group do everything we can to preserve one’s natural dentition, however, certain circumstances prove removal and replacement is a better option than attempting to save the tooth. In these circumstances, we utilize state-of-the-art technologies and instruments to minimize pain and damage to surrounding tissues. Prior to the tooth removal, we will make sure all options to replace the tooth are reviewed and understood by the patient. It is in your best interest to replace a missing tooth to preserve the integrity and beauty of your smile.
If you have questions regarding tooth extractions in Abington, Jenkintown, Horsham, Willow Grove, and Philadelphia, PA, please call us at 215.885.0555 to set up a consultation today!
What Happens During A Tooth Extraction?
The tooth extraction procedure is actually quite fast and comfortable. We begin by injecting an anesthetic medication around the tooth. You should be completely numb within a few minutes. Once you are, your dentist will use a special instrument to carefully loosen and remove the tooth. The entire process may take less than half an hour if you have just one tooth that needs to be removed. If the dentist makes an incision in your gums to remove an impacted tooth, they may insert a stitch or two to make sure the gums heal quickly. You’ll likely have gauze applied to the socket to control bleeding and swelling. While this may need to remain over the socket for some time, you should be able to drive yourself home. We suggest taking it easy for the remainder of the day after your appointment.
Are Tooth Extractions Painful?
We believe that it’s possible to look forward to seeing the dentist. If you have a painful problem, you can trust that our team will do everything we can to restore your comfort right away. Tooth extraction is sometimes necessary. Fortunately, it is not painful. To begin the procedure, your dentist will anesthetize the nerve fibers around the tooth. This way, they cannot transmit pain signals to the brain. During the extraction, what you can expect to feel is pressure. This can be significant at times, depending on the nature of the tooth, but should not be painful. Simply knowing what to expect can set the tone for improved comfort and peace of mind. You should also be aware that you may hear loud noises during tooth extraction. This can be offset by bringing headphones to listen to music during your appointment.
How Long Does It Take To Recover From A Tooth Extraction?
Thanks to modern dental techniques, tooth extraction has become a relatively simple, quick procedure that requires very little recovery. That said, your recovery expectations may depend on a few key factors. These include the location of the tooth, its size, your general oral health, and your compliance with your aftercare instructions. If you need to have a tooth extracted, you may be advised to take it easy for two to three days. This doesn’t mean you cannot go to work or engage in light activities, but that you should avoid any activities that could disrupt a blood clot from forming in the socket. If you work in a physically demanding role, the dentist may advise you to take some time off to allow the treatment area to clot. Understandably, you want to hasten your recovery from tooth extraction. You can help the area heal by doing the following:
- Avoid disrupting the treatment site for a few days. Chew on the opposite side of the mouth and do not directly brush the area.
- Drink directly from the glass, cup, or other item. Do not drink from a straw for at least 24 hours after tooth extraction.
- Avoid smoking and tobacco products until the area has healed.
- Apply a cold compress to the cheek as needed to remain comfortable.
- Sleep with your head elevated for a few days after the procedure.
How Can I Tell If I Need A Tooth Extraction?
It can be hard to know for sure that a tooth needs to be extracted simply by look and feel. You may have what seems to be a badly damaged tooth but come to find that your dentist can repair the damage with a crown or other treatment. There are a few reasons your dentist may determine that extraction is the best option for you, these include:
- Damage is too severe to repair
- A baby tooth is blocking a permanent tooth from growing in
- Space needs to be created for orthodontic treatment
- You have an impacted wisdom tooth
Are Tooth Extractions Usually Covered By Insurance?
Most dental insurance plans will cover at least a portion of the tooth extraction procedure. To be fully prepared for your treatment, you can talk to our insurance coordinator, Beth. Using her ample experience with insurance benefits, she will be happy to assist with any of your dental insurance needs.