Tooth Extraction

Tooth Extraction Kingston, PA

It’s not unusual to get our wisdom teeth removed as teens or adults, and there are other reasons why a tooth extraction may be advised in adulthood as well. A tooth may need to be removed due to excessive tooth decay, infection, crowding, or medical reasons. Having a tooth extracted is a relatively quick procedure and is commonly performed at Brand Dental. Learn more about tooth extractions below and schedule an appointment at our Kingston, PA office for your restorative needs.

    What is a Tooth Extraction?

    A tooth extraction is the removal of an entire tooth from its socket in the bone. An extraction is recommended for several reasons, but mainly when a tooth is no longer savable, it is infected, causing crowding, or is impacted. This outpatient procedure is fairly quick and can be performed by one of our dentists.

    Tooth Extraction Procedure

    Tooth extractions usually fall into two categories: simple extraction and surgical extraction. Both are relatively easy procedures and can be performed using local anesthetic. Below are the steps involved in having a tooth removed at Brand Dental.

    The dentist will examine the tooth and take a digital x-ray to assess the area. The digital x-ray helps to determine the tooth’s length, shape, position and shows the surrounding bone. Using this information, the dentist can determine the best way to remove the tooth.

    Wisdom teeth or crowded teeth are not recommended to replace. However, if the tooth is a vital part of your mouth, the dentist will advise getting it restored with one of the many replacement options offered at Brand Dental.

    A local anesthetic will be used to numb the site, so you’ll be comfortable during the entire dental procedure.

    When the tooth is visible above the gum line, the dentist uses specific tools to remove the tooth in its entirety. This procedure is called a simple extraction. If the tooth has broken to the gum line or is impacted, this will require the dentist to make a small incision (cut) in the gums to remove the underlying tooth, otherwise known as a surgical extraction.

    If the tooth is being restored, the area will be prepared for a tooth replacement. If not, a sterile piece of gauze is placed over the area and is secured by biting down. The biting pressure helps limit bleeding while clotting takes place.

    The dentist or dental staff will go over aftercare, including do’s and don’ts following your tooth extraction. Make sure to follow these instructions to promote proper healing and to avoid a dry socket.

    If the tooth was replaced during the procedure by a dental implant, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled to check the healing process. After a few months of healing, a permanent restoration will be placed, completing the procedure.

    Benefits of Having a Tooth Removed

    If the tooth is infected, impacted, causing crowding or pain, removing the tooth will allow for healing, alleviate crowding and help prevent impacted related issues (cysts and infections). Removing a troublesome tooth can help your entire mouth, creating a healthy, pain-free environment once again.

    What Should you Expect Following your Tooth Extraction?

    Following your appointment, some discomfort is to be expected for the next three days to two weeks. Before you leave, you will be provided with detailed instructions regarding aftercare. In the first 24-hours following your extraction, you shouldn’t:

    • Smoke
    • Vigorously rinse your mouth
    • Spit vigorously or excessively

    Schedule Appointment

    Brand Dental is here for all your dental needs. Schedule an appointment at our Kingston, PA today to learn more about tooth extractions and protect your smile!