Tooth extractions are routine dental procedures that can be performed in just one visit to our Northeast Philadelphia dentist office. This is a very common general dental service for many patients.
When every attempt made to preserve a natural tooth fails, tooth extraction may become a necessity. Tooth extractions are used as a last resort for overcrowded teeth, severely damaged or decayed teeth, or impacted wisdom teeth.
Tooth Extractions: What to Expect
Dr. Drew Shulman makes it his mission to provide comfortable and comprehensive dental care for patients and families. Before treatment, Dr. Shulman will assess your teeth and gums and review restorative options with you. Dr. Shulman may recommend dental implants, dental bridges, or dentures depending on your amount of missing teeth.
Implants, bridges, and dentures look and feel natural for patients who have missing teeth from extraction, injury, or genetics. Dental implants, in particular, are stable and durable replacements for natural teeth. Restorative options not only look great but will stabilize your smile after tooth loss and can help improve your oral health.
Patients typically recover from the procedure within a few days of treatment. However, if you experience excessive bleeding or pain, contact us immediately.
Removing Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom molars found in the back of the mouth can often become impacted or cause overcrowding. Patients in their late teens or early 20’s may need to have their wisdom teeth removed because of these dental issues. Before removal, Dr. Shulman will assess your teeth and gums to determine whether your wisdom teeth need to be removed.
This routine procedure can often be completed in our Philadelphia area office.
Tooth Extractions FAQs
Is the tooth extraction process painful?
No. Today’s modern procedures for tooth extractions are not painful. A local anesthesia is used to prevent feeling during the process. Our dental care team will ensure that you are comfortable. You can also take Tylenol or another Acetaminophen pain reliever after the procedure to reduce post-extraction discomfort.
Are tooth extractions covered by dental insurance?
Yes, most dental insurance plans cover the cost of tooth extractions. Tooth extractions are a necessary procedure for some patients to maintain good oral health. Contact us today for more on what your plan can cover, or contact your dental insurance provider directly.
Is it better to have root canal or extraction?
It’s much better to get a root canal and save your natural tooth rather than getting the tooth pulled. Decayed teeth can be saved with a root canal. A tooth is extracted because the is no other option that can save the tooth. If your mouth suffers tooth loss, it can mean a larger risk of gum disease, shifting teeth, and dry socket. Consult with our dentist for the best treatment option for your needs.
Are there restrictions to follow after having a tooth extracted?
After having a tooth extracted patients are typically told to avoid smoking, drinking through straws, or using their mouth in any sucking motion. A sucking motion can stop the healing process of the open gum. It needs time to clot, which it cannot do without rest. Patients are also told to hold off on drinking alcohol (including mouthwash with alcohol in it) for at least 24 hours after your procedure.
Can you eat normally after a tooth extraction?
After a tooth extraction patients are supposed to be careful and aware of the foods they consume. It is recommended that patients eat a soft diet for 24 hours post operation. This may include foods such as yogurt, Jell-O, smoothies, and milkshakes. Once your mouth begins to feel back to normal patients may begin to slowly incorporate different foods into their diet.
Schedule A Dental Exam Today
Do you have a decayed or damaged tooth? Maybe your wisdom teeth are coming in and you’ve noticed overcrowding. Call Dr. Shulman for a consultation to evaluate your needs and discuss treatment options. Contact us at (215) 372-1142.