Tooth Extraction Specialist

Philadelphia Dental

General Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Philadelphia, PA

Getting a tooth pulled is unpleasant, but sometimes an extraction is necessary to prevent further complications. For safe and careful extractions, turn to the experienced team at Philadelphia Dental in South Philly. To find out if you may need a tooth extraction, call the Philadelphia office or schedule an appointment online.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

Why would my tooth need to be removed?

Even though permanent teeth are made to last your lifetime, it doesn't always happen. For example, you could need a tooth extracted because it's too cracked or chipped to repair. Lifestyle choices, trauma, and decay can all lead to needing a tooth pulled.

Your dentist may recommend an extraction if you're dealing with one of the following situations:

  • Risk of infection from an unsuccessful root canal
  • Risk of infection during an organ transplant or chemotherapy
  • Severe periodontal (gum) disease
  • Crowded or extra teeth
  • No room for wisdom teeth (third molars)

What are the steps for an extraction?

There are two types of extraction procedures: a simple extraction and a surgical extraction. A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that is visible in your mouth. In a simple extraction, a highly experienced dentist at Philadelphia Dental will loosen the tooth with an instrument called an elevator and gently remove it with dental forceps.

A surgical extraction is more complex. The tooth may be broken off close to the gumline or hasn't yet grown through the gum line, which is typical of wisdom teeth. During a surgical extraction, the dentist makes a little cut into the gum to locate and take out the tooth in question. The tooth may need to be cut into pieces to be extracted. It may also be necessary to remove some of the bone around the affected tooth.

Your dentist gives you a local anesthetic before both a surgical extraction and simple extraction, so you don’t feel any pain. If you’re having several teeth extracted at once, as is typical with wisdom teeth extraction, your dentist might give you a general anesthetic. You'll feel no pain and will sleep through the procedure.

How long does it take to heal from a tooth extraction?

While it's contingent on your particular case and the number of teeth you had removed, healing usually takes one or two weeks. New bone and gum tissue grow in the spaces where your teeth used to be. You may experience pain and discomfort or difficulty chewing as you heal, depending on the scope of your dental operation.

Because everyone's circumstances are different, you should reach out to Philadelphia Dental and book a consultation to find out about your options plus any necessary post-procedure treatments such as crowns or dental implants.

Call today or schedule over the web using the booking tool.