Emergency Tooth Extraction (Tooth Removal)
Our first priority is always to help restore, repair and save your natural teeth, but there are some cases where tooth removal is unavoidable. In these cases, removal and tooth replacement may be the best way to protect your healthy teeth and improve your overall dental health. These emergency instances may include:
● Extensive decay
● Severe Periodontal (Gum) disease
● A Broken Tooth to the level that it can’t be restored
If your tooth has suffered severe decay, disease or trauma, emergency extraction and tooth replacement may be the necessary treatment to alleviate your pain and prevent the spreading of any infection. Our dentists at our 5 locations are extremely comfortable with a variety of tooth extraction procedures for patients of all ages in Philadelphia and Bensalem, PA, as well as the surrounding Hammonton, Trenton and Vernon, NJ areas.
During your visit, we’ll ensure that you’re relaxed and understand the nature of your situation to determine the best treatment for you, but here’s an overview of what to expect:
Tooth Replacement Treatment Steps
Tooth removal is not a one-size-fits all. There are a number of different types of emergency teeth extraction procedures, depending on the degree of damage or decay that the tooth has suffered. Examples range from simple extraction, surgical extraction, surgical removal of root tips and more, but with each procedure, the goal is the same; removing the affected tooth.
To begin, the patient’s tooth and the treatment area is numbed, so they don’t feel any pain while performing extraction. Once numb, incision in the gum is made and the tooth is pulled out with the help of forceps, elevators and other dental instruments. The gum is then stitched up, and the patient is asked to bite down on a gauze to prevent further bleeding.
Does Tooth Extraction Hurt?
Due to the numbing of the area prior to the procedure, the tooth extraction should not cause any pain. However, heavy infections can make it difficult for the patient to become numb. If this is the case, we’ll prescribe antibiotics first to get infection under control for a couple days before bringing the patient back in for the tooth extraction. While the extraction is being performed, pressure is applied which at times may be confused with pain, but isn’t severe.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
After getting a tooth extraction, patient is required to follow strict protocol, which include:
● Maintain gentle pressure on surgical area by biting on a gauze or moistened tea bag until bleeding has stopped.
● Gently apply ice pack on the outside of the mouth to keep swelling under control. Repeat 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off.
● No smoking, no drinking with a straw and no spitting.
● Eat only soft food for the first couple of days.
● No heavy lifting or exercise.
● Do not brush the area where extraction was performed.
● If sutures were taken, do not fail to return for suture removal appointment.
During your recovery, your body will naturally adjust to the tooth removal, and in a couple of days, side effects should subside and you can return to your normal routine.
While any dental emergency can be scary, we specialize in procedures like tooth extraction and tooth replacement, so you can rest assured you’re in good hands from your consultation until long after the healing process is over. Talk to any of our experts in Philadelphia and Bensalem, PA, or Hammonton, Trenton and Vernon, NJ to find out how we can help you with your emergency dental care.
Call One Of Our Locations
Afton Family Dental
1815 S. Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Amazing Smiles By Design
3103 Hulmeville Rd. Suite 205
Bensalem, PA 19020
Elm Dental Associates
543 White Horse Pike
Hammonton, NJ 08037
Advanced Dental Care Of Vernon
40 Rt 94 Vernon Colonial Plaza
Vernon Township, NJ 07428
Smiles By Cranbrook Dental
2312 Whitehorse Mercerville Rd #200a
Trenton, NJ 08619