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Tooth Extractions in Yardley, PA

Comfortable Tooth Removal & Replacement

Having a tooth extracted is a relatively quick and simple outpatient procedure that our oral surgeons can often perform on the same day as the consultation. Tooth extraction is often a last resort when a tooth is badly damaged or infected beyond the point of saving. If you live in Yardley, PA, and need a tooth extracted, contact Innovative Oral Surgery & Dental Implants at our Newtown office, which is only six miles away. Dr. Salin, Dr. Weiner, Dr. Semanoff, and Dr. Nack offer anesthesia to ensure your comfort and will walk you through all of your tooth replacement options to restore your smile.

Reasons for Tooth Extraction

There are many situations that may require a tooth to be removed. Some of the most common reasons for tooth extraction that we see at our office include:

  • A cracked or broken tooth that cannot be repaired with a filling
  • Tooth decay has reached deep into a tooth’s pulp
  • Overcrowding, or when there are too many teeth in the dental arch
  • To make room for braces or other orthodontic treatment
  • Impaction, if the impacted tooth cannot be saved with expose and bond treatment
  • Periodontal disease, or gum disease, which causes teeth to become loose and either fall out or require extraction as the disease progresses
  • Wisdom teeth, as these molars are not necessary for oral function and can cause many health problems if left untreated

Dentists can often repair damaged teeth using dental fillings and crowns, and root canal therapy is an effective treatment for treating infection. However, these measures are not always effective if the infection or damage is too severe. Having a problematic tooth extracted will prevent the infection or damage from spreading to other teeth and gums.

What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?

Prior to extracting a tooth, we will likely take 3D scans of your mouth to evaluate your facial structures and detect any hidden oral health issues. If extraction is necessary, we will discuss your anesthesia options. Many simple extractions only require local anesthetic, while surgical extractions typically require IV anesthesia.

During a simple tooth extraction, your oral surgeon will use forceps to remove a tooth that is visible above the gums. During a surgical tooth extraction, your surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue to access a tooth that is not visible, or impacted. After the tooth is removed, we will place gauze in your mouth to manage bleeding and provide post-operative instructions to follow at home.

Tooth Extraction Recovery

Be sure to follow your instructions closely. They will outline how to brush your surgical site, what foods to avoid, and how to expedite the healing process. It is important to avoid activities like smoking, sucking through a straw, or excessive spitting. These activities can dislodge the blood clot forming within the tooth socket, known as a dry socket. The underlying bone and nerves are exposed, which can be quite painful. If you suspect a dry socket, contact our office immediately so that we can help.

Here are some additional tips to follow after your tooth extraction:

  • Take over-the-counter pain medications as recommended to manage discomfort
  • Use ice packs to reduce swelling
  • Use gauze to minimize bleeding and help blood clot formation
  • Rest and reduce your physical activity
  • Stick to soft foods as the extraction site heals, such as soups, smoothies, yogurts, eggs, etc.

Tooth Replacement Options After Extraction

You have several options to consider when restoring a tooth. Our experts will explore these options with you and help you choose the right treatment for your oral health.

  • Dental Implants. Dental implants are a popular choice because they look and feel natural. As long as you have sufficient jaw bone, you likely qualify for implants. After we extract the tooth, we can immediately insert a dental implant, reducing the overall treatment time and preventing you from having to go without a tooth. Dental implants fuse to the jaw bone to prevent bone loss and provide the same functionality as a natural tooth. You can choose to receive a same-day dental implant or plan for future implant placement down the road and can receive as many implants as you need to complete your smile.
  • Dentures or Bridges. Removable dentures or bridges can restore your smile’s appearance without a surgical procedure. These options involve using your existing teeth to hold a prosthesis, which can cause excessive wear and damage to your other teeth. Dentures and bridges do not prevent jaw bone loss and should be replaced every few years to ensure they fit and function properly.
  • Socket Preservation. If you plan on receiving a dental implant at some point in the future, socket preservation is an excellent way to make future implant placement easier. This treatment involves filling the empty tooth socket with a bone graft material to preserve the socket’s size and reduce bone loss.
  • No Replacement. If you do not replace a missing tooth, the jaw bone will deteriorate in that area over time due to a lack of stimulation. Having missing teeth could negatively affect your self-esteem, and nearby teeth can shift into the open space, resulting in misalignment of your other teeth and bite problems.

Types of Anesthesia

We offer a variety of anesthesia choices to ensure a comfortable oral surgery experience.

Where Can I Get a Tooth Extracted in Yardley, PA?

Contact Innovative Oral Surgery & Dental Implants in Newtown, PA, for an evaluation of your wisdom teeth. Our Newtown office is only six miles away from Yardley, conveniently located for patients in Yardley and throughout Bucks County. Our experts will walk you through the steps of your tooth extraction and explain all of your tooth replacement options so that together we can improve your oral health.

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For over 50 years, we have had the privilege of serving our communities with the highest level of oral surgery care. We love what we do, and we look forward to providing you and your loved ones with an outstanding patient experience and incredible results.