Tooth Extractions for Parsippany Patients
There are a number of reasons that teeth become compromised and may need extraction. Both adult and adolescent patients undergoing orthodontic treatment may need one or more teeth extracted to make room in a smaller jaw. Patients who haven’t seen a dentist is several years often have a deteriorated state of oral health. Extensive tooth decay may make saving a tooth difficult, or gum disease may have already begun to attack the supporting structures, such as tendon and bone. Injury or trauma to a tooth may also cause the need for an extraction. Wisdom teeth that don’t have ample space to come in may cause discomfort or become impacted and require extraction as well.
No matter the reason, Dr. Rauchberg and the team at Rauchberg dental group provide gentle care for extractions. We'll make sure you're comfortable and well cared for during any extraction procedure. In addition, our Parsippany dental practice also offers IV sedation with a licensed anesthesiologist for more complicated procedures, such as wisdom teeth extractions.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Your third molars are also called wisdom teeth and usually begin to erupt between the ages of 17-25. Wisdom teeth are a bit different from your other molars. Because they come in later in life, they may create crowding in an already full jaw and cause overlapping of existing teeth. Many times, wisdom teeth aren’t able to fully erupt and may become impacted. As many as 90% of adults have at least one wisdom tooth that is unable to break through the gums. Impaction can damage adjacent teeth and cause painful infections.
If your wisdom teeth were able to erupt without a problem, it doesn’t mean you won’t need a wisdom teeth extraction. Third molars are situated far back in the mouth, and are often difficult to clean. Plaque and bacterial build up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Once periodontal disease takes hold in the area around wisdom teeth, clinical research has shown it’s more difficult to treat and control. Dr. Rauchberg will likely recommend a wisdom teeth extraction, even if you’re not in pain.
What to Expect with a Simple Tooth Extraction?
The first step in an extraction is an X-ray of the teeth. In addition to an X-ray of the overall area, Dr. Rauchberg may use additional, close-up X-rays to see the detail of the tooth being extracted. Our Parsippany family dentistry practice uses modern digital X-rays, which means you can relax knowing your radiation exposure is limited by up to 90% over traditional X-rays.
The doctor will then numb the area and make sure you’re comfortable before beginning the extraction procedure. You can expect to feel some pressure, but no pain. Make sure to tell Dr. Rauchberg or one of the team attending chairside if you feel any pinching or discomfort.
What to Expect with Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
Dr. Rauchberg will usually recommend the surgical removal of wisdom teeth before they begin to cause problems. Because of the complexity of this procedure, and to provide you with complete comfort during the procedure, we may suggest IV sedation. The doctor will make a tiny incision in the gum, and if necessary, remove a small amount of bone to expose the wisdom tooth. Once the wisdom teeth extraction is complete, you’ll need a trusted friend or relative to drive you home and stay with you after surgery until you feel well enough to move around on your own.
Contact our office today to schedule your exam and consultation for a simple extraction or wisdom teeth extraction.