A tooth extraction involves removing a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. Even though permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why a tooth extraction might be necessary. The most common reason for tooth extraction involves teeth that are badly damaged—either from trauma or decay—that cannot be repaired through other restorative dental procedures.

Tooth Extraction Procedure in Randolph, NJ

Tooth extraction procedures are usually a last-resort after Dr. Edward Smith has made every other effort to restore and repair the tooth. Before removing the tooth, Dr. Smith or an oral surgeon will numb the area—a general anesthetic may also be used if you are having more than one tooth pulled or the tooth is impacted.

To remove the tooth, the dentist or surgeon will grasp the tooth using forceps and gently rock the tooth back and forth to loosen it from the jawbone and ligaments that hold it in place. If the tooth is impacted, it may need to be surgically removed.

Post Tooth Extraction in Randolph, NJ

Following an tooth extraction procedure from Smith Family Dentistry, a blood clot usually forms in the socket. In some cases, stitches may be used to close the gum in the extraction site. Recovery from a tooth extraction usually takes a few days—Dr. Smith will provide postoperative care instructions and details about any necessary follow-up care.

Contact Smith Family Dentistry to learn more about tooth extractions in Randolph, NJ and to see if you might need this procedure.