It’s rarely a dentist’s first choice to remove a tooth. We spend decades perfecting our skills to save teeth. If we recommend tooth extraction, there’s a very valid reason for it.
Dr. Richard Boss and Dr. Christopher Virunurm understand that this can be difficult news to hear. But if tooth extraction at our Bridgeton area dental office is necessary, they will explain why and how it will benefit your long-term oral health.
Common Reasons for Tooth Extraction
Our dentists may recommend tooth extraction in any of the following cases:
- You have a tooth is decayed to the extent that a filling or dental crown can’t save it.
- You have a severe tooth infection and pain that can’t be relieved with a root canal.
- You have one or more teeth have been become loose due to advanced gum disease.
- You have one or more teeth that need to be removed for dentures placement.
- You have a wisdom tooth that is causing pain or crowding other teeth
- You have a child who's getting braces and needs some baby teeth removed.
Our dental care team is very kind and gentle, and we will do everything we can to make your procedure as comfortable as possible. We will numb the area we’re treating to ensure that you don’t feel any pain, just some slight pressure.
You can also count on our experience and expertise. Dr. Boss has been a dentist for over 30 years and has performed hundreds of stress-free tooth extractions for our Bridgeton, NJ patients.
Post-Extraction Care Instructions
After we gently remove your tooth, we’ll place a gauze pad on the extraction site and instruct you to bite down on it for 30 to 45 minutes to limit bleeding. You can replace the gauze if needed, and continue to keep pressure on the site if you notice any further bleeding.
What you do in the 24 hours following your extraction makes the difference between a problem-free recovery and complications. Protecting the clot that forms over the extraction site is your priority. If you dislodge the clot, it can cause a very painful condition called dry socket. To avoid this take the following steps:
- Stick to a soft diet that includes foods like yogurt, soup, or pudding. Avoid extremely hot, cold, or spicy foods.
- Avoid smoking, drinking through a straw, or rinsing your mouth vigorously for the first 24 hours. All of these actions can loosen the clot.
- Limit any strenuous activities for 24 hours after the extraction to minimize bleeding.
- Use an ice pack or cold compress to control swelling and minimize discomfort.
- Avoid alcohol or mouth rinses that contain alcohol.
- Rinse your mouth gently with salt water after meals to keep food particles out of the extraction site.
- Continue to brush and floss, but don't brush teeth adjacent to the extraction site.
Be sure to take any medications as directed by our dentists to relieve pain or get rid of any lingering infection. Call us right away at (856) 451-9064 if you have any questions or experience excessive bleeding.
Please Call Us So We Can Help
If you’re in pain and think you need an emergency tooth extraction in Bridgeton, NJ, please call us so we can get you in as soon as possible.