Safe, Gentle Tooth Extraction
Tooth extraction may be necessary if your tooth has been compromised due to advanced decay, damage, or infection and cannot be treated using other methods, such as root canal therapy. Extraction is also often performed to accommodate orthodontic treatment or to prepare for dental implants. With over 40 years of experience, Dr. Chetan Patil can provide safe, gentle tooth extractions at our Englewood, NJ, practice to help preserve your oral health. Dr. Patil is dedicated to creating a comfortable environment and overall positive experience for every patient. We also offer sedation options to help you relax throughout treatment.
When is Tooth Extraction Necessary?
There are typically two types of scenarios in which tooth extraction may be recommended: to maintain your oral health or to prepare for another procedure.
Protecting Your Oral Health
Often, a tooth must be removed to protect your oral health such as when:
- A tooth has become impacted, or fails to erupt from the gums
- There is insufficient room for wisdom teeth to grow in properly
- Advanced gum disease has weakened hard and soft tissues around the tooth
- The tooth has broken off at or below the gum line
- There is a large cavity that cannot be treated with a dental crown or filling
- A tooth becomes extensively damaged or decayed beyond the point of repair through root canal therapy
- Root canal therapy is too high-risk due to an autoimmune disease or other health condition
Preparing for Other Treatments
Patients who wish to receive full dentures supported by dental implants may need one or more damaged teeth extracted prior to their treatment. Additionally, Dr. Patil can provide extractions for patients who are preparing for orthodontic treatment. It is not uncommon for teeth to be removed to create the needed space to achieve proper alignment.
The Extraction Process and Aftercare
Before beginning, you will be provided with an anesthetic to manage discomfort. For patients with anxiety, we also offer intravenous (IV) and nitrous oxide sedation methods to help you relax. In the case of a simple extraction, Dr. Patil will first loosen the tooth by gently rocking it back and forth. He will then use forceps to remove it from the socket.
With over 40 years of experience, Dr. Patil can provide safe, gentle tooth extractions to help preserve your oral health.
If a surgical extraction is required for a broken or impacted tooth, the doctor will need to gain access to the underlying structure by lifting the top layer of gum or bone covering your tooth. Often, the tooth will need to be extracted in several pieces. If extraction is completed as a preparatory procedure, you will typically need to allow the area to heal before undergoing another treatment.
After the procedure, patients can expect to experience mild swelling, tenderness, and bleeding for a few days. Depending on the circumstances of your extraction you may be provided with antibiotics or anti-inflammatory medication.
Restoring Your Smile
In most cases, it is essential that patients plan restorative treatment following their extraction. This can prevent recession of the jawbone, as well as shifting and loosening of the surrounding teeth. While a traditional restoration such as a dental crown, denture, or dental bridge can partially restore function and aesthetics, it is highly recommended that patients consider adding stability with dental implants. Dr. Patil can place implants and also offers preparatory procedures such as bone grafting.
Choose a Board-Certified Periodontist
Regardless of the reason for your extraction, Dr. Patil and our dedicated staff will hold your care to the highest standards. Schedule your consultation today by contacting us using our online form or calling us at (201) 567-7766.
“Dr. Patil and his staff could not be more professional. They take the time to talk to you and explain what will be done. I am constantly surprised at how little pain is associated with the procedures they perform.” Jack T.