Morristown Cosmetic Dentistry is a full-service dental practice in Morristown, NJ offering both simple and complex tooth extractions. As a modern dental practice, we take a digital approach to treatment planning, which allows our team to gain a more comprehensive and detailed view of the teeth, gums, bone, and mouth. Through digital technology, we are able to plan a more accurate tooth extraction plan.
Tooth Extractions in Morristown, NJ
Tooth extraction is often performed as a last resort if a tooth cannot be saved. At Morristown Cosmetic Dentistry, we aim to preserve and protect the integrity of the tooth structure. We will explore all viable options before recommending extraction.
Some of the most common reasons for tooth extraction may include:
- Deep tooth decay
- Overcrowded teeth
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Damaged teeth
- To prepare for braces
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Morristown, NJ
The wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, typically develop during the late teens or early twenties. Most dentists recommend removing the wisdom teeth to help promote long-term dental health and avoid any changes in the bite.
In most cases, wisdom teeth don’t properly erupt out of the gums and become impacted in the jaw bone. If they a not removed, wisdom teeth can put pressure on the gums, surrounding teeth, and nerves in the mouth. Our team at Morristown cosmetic dentistry can assess your wisdom teeth and determine if removal is necessary.
The wisdom teeth procedure may require dental sedation. Our team can explore your dental sedation options prior to your wisdom teeth procedure. We offer full-service wisdom teeth removal in our Morristown dentist office, making the process comfortable and convenient for patients of all ages.
Your ultimate safety, comfort, and experience are important to our team. We make every effort to ensure you are comfortable throughout all phases of your dental care.
Once the tooth is extracted, you may experience some discomfort and swelling. Be sure to follow your aftercare instructions to streamline the healing process and void complications.
If you are experiencing any excessive bleeding or pain after your procedure, please contact our Morristown dentist office as soon as possible.
How Is Tooth Extraction Performed?
Tooth extractions are categorized into two phases: simple extraction and surgical extraction. Both can be performed under dental sedation.
- Simple extractions are performed when a tooth fully emerges from the gum line. After a local anesthetic is applied, our team uses special instruments to elevate the tooth and gently remove the surrounding ligament. Once the ligaments are removed, the tooth is gently rocked back and forth until it is free.
- A surgical extraction is performed when the tooth is not fully visible from the gums and is inaccessible, similar to un-erupted wisdom teeth. A small incision is made in the gum tissue, and some bone structure is removed. Depending on the case, the tooth may need to be removed in fragments.
Replacing Extracted Teeth
Missing teeth can affect the shape of your face, hinder your ability to eat certain foods, and lead to complex dental issues. In severe cases, missing teeth can lead to bone loss, bite imbalance, and additional tooth loss.
Except for your wisdom teeth, when one of the permanent teeth is extracted, it will need to be replaced. Dr. Gittleman may recommend a dental implant to replace a missing tooth.
Dental implants are one of the most successful tooth replacement options in dentistry. They offer a natural-looking, long-lasting solution to tooth loss. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants help promote bone regeneration in the jaw after bone loss.
At Morristown Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer full-service dental implants under one roof. Dr. Gittleman can explore your tooth replacement options and determine if dental implants are right for you.
Tooth Extraction FAQs
What is the best way to relieve pain after a tooth extraction?
Your dentist will recommend and likely give you medications after your tooth extraction. Patients typically report pain and soreness for a few days after the procedure. During this period it is common for patients to take 400-600mg of ibuprofen every 6-8 hours until the pain is manageable without medication. Icing the area or using a hot compress can help reduce swelling. Also limiting exposure to hard or sharp foods, and rinsing with saltwater can help reduce pain.
How long do I need to rest after a tooth extraction?
Most patients take off work for one or two days after their tooth extraction. Some may be able to return the next day, but it is recommended that patients take at least one day to rest before returning to their daily schedule. If working from home is an option many patients opt to take one day off to rest and then work from home for a couple more days before returning fully to work.
What can I eat after a tooth extraction?
Most patients try to stick to soft foods after having a tooth extraction. Smoothies, eggs, milkshakes, soups, avocado, and yogurt are all popular choices post-operation. It is important to stray away from sharp foods like chips, and anything that is hard or sticky. Patients should also refrain from using a straw and smoking for about a week after their operation. Smoking increases the risk of infection, and the sucking motion while using a straw is not good for the healing process.
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Morristown Cosmetic Dentistry is a full-service dental practice serving patients in Morristown, Mendham, Chatham, Madison, and many surrounding communities. If you would like to learn more, call (973) 287-3337 or request an appointment.