Dental Extractions in NJ
At Costello Oral Surgery Associates we provide tooth extractions to patients in Maywood, Wayne and Franklin Lakes. Just reach out to us to learn more or schedule an appointment at one of our conveniently located New Jersey offices.
What is a Tooth Extraction?
When a tooth is broken or has significant decay, the ideal solution is restoration, using a filling, crown, or another procedure. But, sometimes a tooth cannot be restored and must be removed. And, if restoration just isn’t possible or advisable due to the tooth’s condition, an extraction is recommended, both to prevent infection and achieve or maintain oral health.
A tooth extraction is a dental procedure which removes your tooth from its socket, due to injury, decay, or impaction.
Most extractions can be performed using local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth. The tooth is then gently loosened and removed. Immediately after the tooth is removed, gauze pads are placed on the extraction site. This is done so that the patient can bite down on the tooth socket, applying pressure and putting a stop to bleeding. If stitches are needed, they may be dissolvable, or require removal at a follow-up appointment.
An impacted tooth is a tooth that will not pass completely through the gums. They are a fairly common occurrence, particularly in the case of both wisdom teeth and canine, or cuspid, teeth.
Along with not being necessary, wisdom teeth often don’t fit our mouths and jaws. Without enough room to fit easily, wisdom teeth will often push up and crowd other teeth or be unable to erupt properly, causing impaction. When it comes to impacted wisdom teeth, extraction is always the best solution.
Why Choose Us?
Your smile comes first at our office. At Costello Oral Surgery Associates, we pride ourselves on offering the highest quality dental service, using state-of-the-art technology in a friendly, comfortable office setting.
So, when you need a damaged or impacted tooth removed for any reason, we’re ready to help, providing tooth extractions of all types. If you’re ready to learn more about tooth extraction, or to schedule an appointment or consultation, reach out to us at Costello Oral Surgery Associates, today!
Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth Extractions
How long does it take to heal from an extraction?
Usually, healing should take only a day or two.
What should be done after an extraction?
While our office will provide you with complete care instructions, there are a few important things to remember. Be sure any prescribed antibiotics and pain medication are taken. If prescribed, antibiotics will be used to help prevent any infections. Pain medication will help to prevent discomfort, and it’s always easier to follow prevention guidelines than to struggle with battling pain. Ice packs can be used to reduce any swelling.
What should I eat after an extraction?
Soft foods and liquids are best for the first day or two. This includes ice cream, yogurt, smoothies, soft scrambled eggs, and cold soft.
What should I avoid after an extraction?
Avoid tough, chewy, or crunchy foods that can become stuck near or on the extraction site. Avoid very hot beverages, because the heat can disrupt the healing blood clot over your extraction. No smoking, no alcohol, and no straws which can also disrupt the clot, and cause injury to the healing process.