Tooth Extraction in Long Valley, NJ
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Sometimes a tooth’s infection can become so severe that preventative dentistry no longer solves the issue. When the decay has progressed to this stage, a tooth extraction is often required. Dr. Rogler and our experienced team of dentists at Rogler Family Dentistry will do their best to avoid this outcome, but if an extraction becomes necessary for your overall health, then they will ensure you’re comfortable and safe during the procedure.
Our goal is to restore your oral health and deliver a quick and painless dental extraction experience. Learn more about our dental extraction process and how it may benefit you.
Reasons For a Tooth Extraction
Though we focus on preventative dentistry, several circumstances could require an extraction. If you suffer from one or more of the following symptoms, you may benefit from a tooth extraction:
Significant tooth decay
Overcrowded or misaligned teeth
Badly damaged teeth
Advanced gum disease
Heightened risk of infection
The Extraction Process
The first step of the extraction process is to apply a local anesthetic to the affected area to ensure that the entire procedure is painless and that you remain relaxed. You’ll be under the watchful eye of our expert dental team for the whole process, making sure you’re safe and comfortable.
There are two main techniques for extraction, and which one Dr. Rogler uses is dependent on whether your tooth has erupted through the gum or is still under the gumline. If the tooth has erupted, the doctor can use dental tools to wiggle the tooth from the gum and patch the hole left behind. The now-empty area will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized to prevent infection.
If the tooth still hasn’t erupted, then Dr. Rogler will make a tiny incision in your gum and create a space from which to pull the tooth. Occasionally, there’s bone or tissue on top of the tooth, and if this is the case, it will need to be removed first. Often, this is the method used for wisdom teeth removal.
Long Valley Tooth Extraction
Wisdom Teeth Removal
The process of removing wisdom teeth is extremely similar to the tooth extraction process described above; however, the difference is the when and why we perform them. The majority of wisdom teeth patients are in their teenage years, and this is because wisdom teeth most frequently erupt around that age. Not everybody needs to have their wisdom teeth removed, but oftentimes they come in at angles that impact the alignment of other teeth, creating significant spacing issues later in life if not removed early.
Extraction Aftercare Tips
We perform extractions in the least invasive way possible so that you can get out of the office quickly and with minimal aftereffects. However, we strongly recommend having someone drive you to and from the appointment because the anesthesia can have effects that last a few hours and make it generally unsafe to drive. Dr. Rogler will provide you with specific, personalized aftercare instructions after the procedure, but there are some universal tips we recommend as well:
Avoid hot or cold drinks
Eat soft foods
Get lots of rest
Rinse with water or an antibacterial mouthwash
Use a cold compress for swelling
Avoid using a straw
Use over-the-counter pain medication
Follow all of Dr. Rogler’s instructions
Frequently Asked Questions
Are tooth extractions painful?
Tooth extractions are virtually painless, as a member of our dental team will administer a local anesthetic before the procedure. While many patients believe extractions to be a difficult and uncomfortable process, this couldn’t be farther from the truth.
While you may feel some discomfort shortly after the treatment, this pain can be managed using over-the-counter pain medications and cold compresses. If you have any questions or concerns, our staff will be more than happy to answer them during your initial consultation.
Can I be put to sleep while undergoing a tooth extraction?
Because tooth extractions are considered a surgical procedure, Dr. Rogler recommends undergoing some type of sedation to make the process less painful. During your initial visit to our Long Valley office, Dr. Rogler and our staff will review any sedation methods that can be used during your treatment, as well as answer any of your questions. Sedation helps make getting a tooth extraction painless and less anxiety-inducing.
Can I smoke after undergoing a tooth extraction?
Dr. Rogler doesn’t recommend smoking after having undergone a tooth extraction. Not only would a tobacco product hinder the healing process and cause more pain, it can also make your teeth more susceptible to further infection. It’s important to refrain from smoking for as long as possible after your dental extraction to ensure the fastest post-operative recovery.
Will insurance cover my tooth extraction procedure?
Most insurance companies will cover a portion of your tooth extraction procedure. Our office recommends contacting your dental insurance provider ahead of time to get an accurate understanding of what your policy will cover. One of our staff members can talk with your provider on your behalf to ensure you receive the maximum amount of benefits that you’re entitled to.
If you have any questions about paying for your tooth extraction or contacting your insurance company, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Long Valley office by calling (908) 850-0506.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015
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