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Tooth Extraction Specialist

Oradell Family Dentist

Dr. Judy Schmutter

Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Oradell, NJ

Having a tooth pulled can be necessary for many reasons. For safe and gentle tooth extraction, patients in Oradell, New Jersey can visit Dr. Schmutter at Oradell Family Dentist.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

Why would a tooth need to be extracted?

A tooth may need to be extracted when it’s too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be saved or repaired. Other reasons for extraction can include a making more room in a crowded mouth. This is generally needed when a tooth cannot break through the gum because there is not room in the mouth for it. If a tooth is infected it may need to be pulled to prevent the infection from spreading.

What happens during an extraction?

Before a tooth is extracted, you will receive a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. If more than one tooth is being pulled the dentist will use a strong, general anesthetic to pain throughout your body and make you sleep through the procedure. If the tooth is impacted, it will be necessary to cut away gum and bone tissue that’s covering the tooth before it’s extracted. Sometimes, a hard-to-pull tooth must be removed in pieces.

What happens after the extraction?

Once the tooth is extracted, gauze will be packed into the empty socket to stop the bleeding. Sometimes stitches might be needed to close the gum edges over the extraction site. Recovery from an extraction typically takes a few days but can be minimized when following the specific aftercare instructions. Those instructions can include:

  • Taking painkillers as prescribed.
  • Change gauze pads before they become soaked with blood.
  • Apply an ice bag to reduce swelling for ten minutes at a time.
  • Relax and limit activity for at least 24 hours after the extraction.
  • After 24 hours, rinse your mouth with a solution made of 1/2 teaspoon salt and 8 ounces of warm water.
  • Don’t drink from a straw for the first 24 hours.
  • Don’t smoke, which can inhibit healing.
  • Only eat soft foods for the first 24 hours. Solid foods can be added as the extraction site heals.
  • Continue to brush and floss your teeth, and brush your tongue, but be sure to avoid the extraction site. Doing so will help prevent infection.

Insurances

We accept most PPO insurances. Please call us if you have any questions!

Aetna
Cigna
Delta Dental
DenteMax
Guardian
MetLife
Principal Dental
UniCare
United Concordia PPO
United Healthcare