Tooth Extractions

Painless Tooth Extractions with Collingswood Sedation Dentist

Together, you and Dr. Arthur Thurm may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth, such as impacted teeth, or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.

The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.

To avoid these complications, Dr. Thurm will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as options for replacing the extracted tooth such as bridgework, crowns, and dental implants.

What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?

At the time of extraction, the doctor will need to numb your tooth, jawbone and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic.

Because Thurm Dental Group promotes anxiety-free sedation dentistry, you will feel a lot of pressure but no pain during the extraction process. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal.

If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction please let us know right away.

Some teeth require sectioning. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is so firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved and the socket can’t expand enough to remove it. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections then removes each section one at a time.

What Happens After a Tooth Extraction?

  • Bleeding: Some bleeding may occur. Placing a piece of moist gauze over the empty tooth socket and biting down firmly for 45 minutes can control this.
  • Blood clots:  These form in the empty socket. This is an important part of the healing process and you must be careful not to dislodge the clot.
    • Avoid rinsing or spitting for 24 hours after the extraction.
    • Avoid drink with straws, smoking, or drinking hot liquids.
  • Swelling: If swelling occurs, you can place ice on your face in 10-minutes-on/20-minutes-off cycle for up to 24 hours.
  • Pain and Medications: If you experience pain you might use non-prescription pain relief medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
  • Eating: For most extractions just make sure you do your chewing away from the extraction site. Stay away from hot liquids and alcoholic beverages for 24 hours. A liquid diet may be recommended for 24 hours.
  • Brushing and Cleaning: After the extraction avoid brushing the teeth near the extraction site for one day. After that you can resume gentle cleaning. Avoid commercial mouth rinses, as they tend to irritate the site. Beginning 24 hours after the extraction you can rinse with salt water (1/2 teaspoon in a cup of water) after meals and before bed.
  • Dry Socket: Dry socket occurs when a blood clot fails to form in the socket where the tooth has been extracted or the clot has been dislodged and the healing is significantly delayed. Following the post extraction instructions will reduce the chances of developing dry socket. Dry sockets manifest themselves as a dull throbbing pain, which doesn’t appear until three to four days after the extraction. The pain can be moderate to severe and radiate from the extraction area. Dry socket may cause a bad taste or bad breath and the extraction site appears dry. Dr. Thurm will apply a medicated dressing to the dry socket to sooth the pain.
  • Healing: After a tooth has been extracted there will be a resulting hole in your jawbone where the tooth was. In time, this will smooth and fill in with bone. This process can take many weeks or months. However after 1- 2 weeks you should no longer notice any inconvenience.

Please contact us today to schedule an appointment with 08108 dentist, Dr. Arthur Thurm. Our office is located at 925 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ. Call us at 856-858-2871 or toll-free 800-858-2820. We proudly serve patients from South New Jersey, PhiladelphiaCherry HillCollingswoodHaddonfield and Delaware.