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Westwood Periodontics

Westwood Periodontics
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Tooth Extractions


Tooth  being pulled with pliers at Westwood PeriodonticsTooth extractions are a common dental procedure that, while often straightforward, requires the skill and precision of a seasoned periodontist. As a leading periodontist, Dr. Gupta excels in performing extractions with a focus on patient comfort and long-term oral health.

This page provides an in-depth look at tooth extractions, detailing what the procedure entails, its benefits, how it’s performed, and the critical role it plays in oral health.

When Is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?


We will always attempt to save the tooth before we recommend an extraction. However, this is not possible, and a tooth extraction may be the best course of action. Believe it or not, an extraction, whether it is preventive or restorative, can help you maintain a healthier and more beautiful smile.

Several conditions might necessitate a tooth extraction, including:

Severe Decay: When a tooth is extensively decayed and cannot be restored, extraction may be required to prevent the spread of infection.

Periodontal Disease: Advanced gum disease can lead to the loosening of teeth, making extractions necessary.

Impacted Teeth: Teeth, like wisdom teeth, that are impacted or fail to emerge properly might need to be removed.

Orthodontic Reasons: Extractions can create the necessary space for adjusted tooth alignment in orthodontic treatments.

The Benefits of Tooth Extractions


Removing a problematic tooth can have several benefits:

Alleviates Pain and Discomfort: Extraction can provide relief from the pain caused by decay, infection, or crowding.

Prevents Further Oral Health Issues: It can prevent the spread of decay and infection to other teeth and the surrounding bone.

Improves Overall Oral Health: Particularly with impacted teeth, extractions can prevent potential complications like cysts, tumors, and damage to adjacent teeth.

Minimally-Invasive: Periodontists differ from oral surgeons because periodontists focus primarily on procedures that are minimally invasive, especially for things like a tooth extraction.

Surgical and Simple Extractions


There are two major types of extractions: simple and surgical. A simple extraction involves a tooth that has already erupted above the gums, while a surgical extraction involves a tooth that has yet to appear. Here at Westwood Periodontics, we offer both, but primarily preform simple extractions as a preliminary procedure during the dental implant process.

The Extraction Procedure


At our practice, tooth extractions are performed with the utmost care to ensure patient comfort and optimal outcomes:

Initial Assessment: A thorough examination, including X-rays, to determine the condition of the tooth and surrounding bone.

Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area and ensure a pain-free experience.

Extraction Process: Using specialized tools, the tooth is gently rocked back and forth to loosen it from the ligaments and jawbone until it can be removed.

After we remove the tooth, we will then pack the surgical site with gauze to help produce a clot and prevent excess bleeding. Depending on the type of sedation you receive, you may need to arrange a ride to and from our office. Before you leave, we will give you a detailed set of post-operative instructions.

After a Tooth Extraction


Post-operative complications after a tooth extraction are rare, but they do occur. You can likely expect a minor amount of discomfort in the first few days following your procedure.

Your level of discomfort and its duration depends on how difficult it was to remove your tooth. In most cases, you should be able to manage your discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers, like Advil.

Be sure to call us as soon as possible if you experience excessive swelling, bleeding, or bruising after the first few days. In some cases, a painful condition known as “dry socket” may occur due to a dislodged blood clot.

Fortunately, dry socket only develops in about three or four percent of all extractions. Following our post-operative instructions can significantly reduce your risk of developing any complications.

What Happens After My Extraction Site Is Healed?


Post-extraction, various restorative options are available, including dental implants, bridges, or dentures. Dr. Gupta’s practice offers a full range of options and works closely with patients to determine the best course of action for their specific needs.

Schedule Your Consultation Today!


Again, tooth extractions are a common practice, but the level of care you receive depends on who performs the procedure. If you want expertise and precision, trust a periodontist like Dr. Gupta. Our commitment to patient care, combined with advanced techniques, will ensure your extraction is comfortable, successful, and ultimately leads to a healthier smile.

Call 201-664-3023 to schedule your consultation now!

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