Tooth Extraction

Lawrence O'Mallon, DMD

Children's Dentist & Orthodontics located in Jersey City, NJ

If your tooth is too damaged to be saved with a dental restoration, you may need a tooth extraction. Lawrence O’Mallon, DMD, is highly experienced in extracting teeth from children and adults alike, ensuring each one of his patients feels as comfortable as possible in his warm, friendly Jersey City, New Jersey, office. For more information on the tooth extraction process, call Dr. Lawrence O’Mallon today.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

What is a tooth extraction?

A tooth extraction is the complete removal of a tooth. There are many reasons Dr. O’Mallon may recommend an extraction for you, such as:

Tooth decay or trauma

If you suffer severe tooth decay or a sudden injury, it may be impossible to save your tooth. In this case, Dr. O’Mallon may recommend an immediate tooth extraction to prevent further damage in your mouth.

Tooth infection

Once tooth decay enters your tooth’s pulp — the soft center inside of your tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels — it can lead to a severe infection. When left untreated, the infection can spread, putting your surrounding teeth, gums, and bone at risk of infection. A tooth extraction may be your best option.

A crowded mouth

Your teeth may simply be too big for your mouth. To ensure your teeth remain straight and properly aligned, Dr. O’Mallon or Dr. Seiger may recommend a tooth extraction. This procedure is most often used for patients with teeth that have not had a chance to emerge through the gums.

What can I expect from a tooth extraction?

Before your tooth extraction, talk to Dr. O’Mallon about any condition you have that may put you at risk of infection. Some conditions that increase your chances of infection include:

  • Liver disease
  • A damaged heart valve
  • Weak immune system
  • Endocarditis
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Congenital heart defect

 

Tooth extraction is an extremely safe procedure, but you may need to take antibiotics to lower your risk of developing a gum infection if any suffer from any of the above conditions. That’s why it’s important to talk to Dr. O’Mallon about your medical history and any medications you take before the extraction.

What happens after my tooth has been pulled?

Once your tooth has been extracted, you will be sent home to recover comfortably. After an extraction you may experience moderate discomfort. This can usually be handled with over the counter analgesics.

While you should experience very few, if any, side effects from your tooth extraction, Dr. O’Mallon recommends limiting physical activity for at least a day or two following the procedure. Call Dr. O’Mallon today to learn more.