Dental Extractions Specialist

Joni R. Marcus, DMD -  - General Dentistry

Total Dental Care

Joni R. Marcus, DMD

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Philadelphia, PA

Having a tooth pulled is rarely the first choice for dental patients, but a dental extraction can provide relief or make room in your mouth for necessary dental appliances that improve your mouth’s functioning. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Harold Marcus, DDS, Joni Marcus, DMD, and the skilled dental team at Total Dental Care provide safe dental extractions when they’re necessary to preserve or improve your oral health. To find out if you need a dental extraction, call Total Dental Care to make an appointment today.

Dental Extractions Q & A

What are dental extractions?

Dental extractions are dental procedures that involve the removal of one or more of your teeth. Your baby teeth come loose and fall out during your childhood and adolescence to make way for your adult teeth. Your adult teeth are meant to be permanent, but they can pose a problem if they become diseased or if you don’t have enough room in your mouth for all of them. When an adult tooth causes a problem, a dental extraction may be necessary.

The team at Total Dental Care provides two types of dental extractions to remove problematic teeth safely and with minimal discomfort:

Simple extractions

During a simple extraction, your dentist uses a local anesthetic to numb the area around the affected tooth. You’re fully conscious as your dentist uses an elevator to lift the tooth from your jawbone and a forceps to grab hold of it and pull it out. 

Surgical extractions

A surgical extraction is a bit more complicated than a simple extraction. You still get local anesthesia to numb the area around your tooth, but you also get either intravenous anesthesia to relax you or general anesthesia to make you unconscious. Then, your dentist must make an incision in your gums. They may remove some bone or cut the tooth into pieces before extracting it. 

When are dental extractions necessary?

If your dentist at Total Dental Care recommends an extraction, they tell you exactly why it may be necessary and how it will improve your oral health or functioning. There are several common purposes for getting a tooth extraction, including:

  • Making more room for braces
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Severe tooth pain
  • Cysts

Another highly common reason for getting a tooth extraction is to make more room in your mouth by way of removing your wisdom teeth. Your wisdom teeth are the four molars in the very back of your mouth: Two on top and two on the bottom. They appear between ages 17 and 25 and often don’t have enough room to erupt above the gumline. 

How long does it take to recover from a dental extraction?

Generally, it takes several days to recover fully from a tooth extraction. Your dentist at Total Dental Care can give you a more accurate idea of how long your recovery will take depending on the tooth’s location, the purpose of the extraction, and whether it was simple or surgical. The team gives you instructions to care for your mouth during the recovery. 

To find out if you need a dental extraction to alleviate tooth pain, infection, or crowding, call Total Dental Care today.