Tooth extraction, a dental procedure involving the removal of a tooth, is a measure we undertake with the utmost consideration for your oral health. Our primary goal is to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible, but there are circumstances where tooth extraction becomes the most viable solution to restore your smile’s health and function. Following an extraction, our team is dedicated to providing you with excellent tooth replacement options to ensure your smile remains vibrant and fully functional.
Several dental conditions may necessitate tooth extraction:
- Severe Infection: When a tooth is afflicted by a severe infection that has extensively damaged both the tooth and the surrounding bone structure, extraction may be the only option to prevent further complications.
- Irreparable Decay: In cases where tooth decay has progressed to a point where it is no longer feasible to restore the tooth effectively, extraction is often recommended to eliminate the source of infection and discomfort.
- Crowding: Sometimes, a crowded mouth due to an excess of teeth can lead to misalignment and oral health issues. In such instances, extracting a tooth may be necessary to create sufficient space for proper alignment and function.
Our experienced dentists and his dedicated team approach tooth extractions with precision and care. We prioritize your comfort and strive to ensure a painless experience.
Replacing Missing Teeth
Your teeth play an important role in your day-to-day life, allowing your to speak, smile and eat with confidence as well as promoting better long-term oral health and function. After a tooth extraction, our dentists will discuss your options for replacing the missing tooth or teeth with you to find the right option for your needs. Tooth replacement options include:
Post-extraction, we provide comprehensive instructions for your aftercare to promote quick and uncomplicated healing.
After a tooth extraction you will have an initial healing period of one to two weeks. You may experience some swelling and discomfort in the first 48 hours after your procedure. We recommend that you:
- Avoid chewing for at least two hours or until the anesthetic wears off
- Use an ice pack or cold pack to manage swelling and discomfort
- Do not touch the extraction site
- Do not drink through a straw or swish and spit vigorously
- Avoid blowing your nose or sneezing violently
- Do not rinse your mouth the day of surgery
- Do not use tobacco products, smoke or vape for several days following the extraction
- Avoid all strenuous activities and keep your head elevated for 24 hours after your procedure —try to relax as much as possible
- Maintain a soft diet for 48 hours
For more information about tooth extraction in Whitehall, Pennsylvania, and to schedule a personalized consultation with our dentists, please contact Advanced & Comfort Dentistry at 610-432-1200. We are committed to your smile and wellbeing, and look forward to assisting you in achieving optimal oral health and beauty.