Tooth Extractions

While your permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, sometimes a tooth extraction is necessary in order to get you back on the path to good dental health. At Hoorfar Dental Group, we offer professional tooth extractions out of our three local offices in Richboro, Willow Grove, and Spring House, PA.  If you need a tooth extracted, or have any questions about the extraction process, just contact us and book your appointment for a consultation.  

Why Would I Need A Tooth Extraction?

There’s a wide range of reasons that a tooth may need to be extracted. Below are a few of the most common cases that require an extraction.

Dental Crowding

Crowding is a very common dental issue that many face as their adult teeth develop, and the severity of the crowding and risk of decay can worsen over time if not treated.  For those whose teeth are still developing, sometimes the existing teeth may be too large, blocking other teeth from erupting from your gums properly.  The most common reason for extracting a tooth due to crowding is in preparation for orthodontic treatment.  Removing a tooth that is causing crowding will free up space that will allow your teeth to move into place.

Infection Or Risk of Infection

Extractions may be necessary in order to prevent the spread of infection, or to decrease the risk of infection in special circumstances.

When tooth decay starts to affect the pulp of your tooth, bacteria in your mouth can get into the pulp and cause an infection.  Normally, this infection can be treated with root canal therapy or antibiotics, but in some cases, the infection in your tooth can be so severe that not even antibiotics or root canal therapy can cure it.  In order to prevent the infection from spreading, the tooth can be extracted.  Also, periodontal disease, which is an infection of the gums and bone surrounding your teeth, can loosen your teeth to the point where they may need to be extracted.  

Other treatments such as chemotherapy or receiving a organ transplant can be compromised by a tooth that may be at risk for infection. Even if the tooth isn’t completely decayed or infected, the risk for the other treatment is too great to afford not to pull the tooth.  

How Do Tooth Extractions Work?

When you meet with your dentist here at Hoorfar Dental Group, we’ll first consult with you to see if a tooth extraction is the best treatment option for you based on your needs.  

The extraction process is very simple. Your dentist will apply local anesthetic to the area around the tooth to be extracted so you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. When it comes to removing your teeth, special dental extraction tools are used to loosen the root of your tooth from its secure place in the jawbone and gums.  Usually, your dentist will use a rocking motion that will widen the area where the root is, making room for the tooth to be smoothly pulled out.  In some cases, the tooth may be impacted or particularly difficult to remove, which may be required that the tooth be removed in pieces or require stronger anesthetic.  

What To Expect After The Extraction

After your extraction, you’ll be sent home to recover which can take a few days. In order to make sure that recover as quickly as possible, here are a few tips to remember after your tooth extraction:

  • Keep gauze in place over the socket in order to help reduce the bleeding & allow the blood to clot. Make sure to replace the gauze if it becomes soaked with blood.
  • Keep ice gently pressed against the area of your jaw in order to help reduce swelling after the procedure.
  • Eat soft foods for a few days to prevent the clot from dislodging.
  • Rest for at least 24 hours after the procedure, and limit your activity for the next few days to give your mouth time to heal.
  • Do not drink from a straw for at least 24 hours.
  • Do not smoke, since it can slow down or prevent proper healing.
  • Make sure you brush and floss your teeth as normal, but avoid the affected area to prevent irritation.

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

If you think you may be in need of a tooth extraction, just contact us at Hoorfar Dental Group to schedule an appointment and meet with our experienced & friendly dental team! We proudly serve our patients with the quality dental treatment they deserve out of our three local offices in Richboro, Spring House, & Willow Grove.  We look forward to guiding you on the path to a brighter, healthier smile!​​