How Teeth Are Removed

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In general, dental extractions, also referred to as tooth removal, come in two forms:

-A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the oral cavity. In a straightforward extraction, Dr. Johnston and Dr. Rosenman loosen the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. Then our dentists uses an instrument called a forceps to remove the tooth.

-Surgical extractions are a more complex procedure. They are used if a tooth breaks off at the gum line or has not erupted past the gums yet. In a surgical extraction, Drs. Johnston and Rosenman make a little cut into your gums. Occasionally it’s necessary to eradicate some bone surrounding the tooth or to slice the tooth into two piece to eliminate it.

Usually straightforward extractions can be done in a lone follow-up visit. You may or may not receive medication to help you relax during a simple extraction procedure, but for a surgical extraction, you will likely receive sedation. (This is typical for those who have specific medical conditions and for children.)

Once our dentists have pulled the tooth, a blood clot typically develops in the socket. Drs. Johnston and Rosenman will stuff a pad into your socket and have you bite down on it to help halt the bleeding. Occasionally they will place some self-dissolving stitches to seal the gums on top of the extraction site.

If you need to have a tooth extracted, please don’t hesitate to call 215-643-9430 to schedule a consultation appointment at Dental Arts Of Blue Bell in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.