Tooth Extractions Rutherford, NJ - Frost Dental Group
While dental extractions are not something every dental patient needs, they are a vital part of dentistry. Without tooth extractions, decay-causing bacteria can spread to surrounding teeth, potentially damaging and weakening them. In some instances, this bacterium can even spread to other body parts, negatively affecting whole-body health. To care for your overall health, Dr. Lee Frost offers Rutherford dental extractions, including wisdom teeth extractions.
Dr. Frost has been offering quality dental care, including dental extractions, to the Rutherford area for nearly 30 years. In 2008, he welcomed board-certified anesthesiologist Glen Atlas, M.D., who offers his services at Frost Dental Group. For patients who may experience any type of anxiety during an extraction, Dr. Atlas offers IV sedation to help these patients relax and feel more comfortable.
How Are Tooth Extractions Planned?
Dr. Frost's Rutherford dental office is very modern and uses the latest technology to plan the safest and most comfortable dental extraction possible. This technology includes a digital X-ray machine that displays X-ray images onto a computer, where Dr. Frost can zoom in on the tooth's root and other areas to formulate the most conservative approach to your dental treatment.
If you are experiencing problems with the emergence of wisdom teeth, Dr. Frost can also use this digital imaging technology to view how the wisdom teeth are developing and impacting your surrounding teeth.
How Do I Know If I Need a Dental Extraction?
Dr. Frost may perform a tooth extraction for a number of reasons, from preventive to protective. Dr. Frost may recommend dental extractions for any of the following reasons:
- Extensive decay, to the extent that root canal will not correct the issue
- Infected or impacted wisdom that are putting pressure on other teeth or causing decay in other teeth
- Preventing or reversing crowded teeth
- Removing a tooth affected by gum disease
- For orthodontic reasons
While Dr. Frost will take every measure possible to save a tooth, sometimes a dental extraction is the best option for protecting your overall health.
What Restorative Options Are Available After Extraction?
If the dental extraction was unrelated to wisdom teeth or overcrowding, Dr. Frost offers a number of options for tooth replacement after an extraction from his Rutherford dental office. Once the gums have time to heal following the tooth removal procedure, Dr. Frost can use either a fixed dental bridge or a dental implant to restore your smile. A fixed bridge replaces an extracted tooth by installing crowns over the surrounding teeth that anchor a replacement tooth or "pontic." Alternately, a dental implant involves surgically implanting a titanium tooth root and covering it with a dental crown. Both fixed bridges and dental implants are permanent solutions to tooth replacement following an extraction.
Dr. Frost is happy to discuss your replacement options to determine the best choice for you.
How Can I Care For My Gums Following an Extraction?
Dr. Frost will provide you with post-procedure instructions for caring for your teeth after a tooth extraction. This care regimen typically includes taking pain-relieving medications. You may also want to eat soft food diet after the procedure to be sure that gum tissue is allowed to heal. In a few days, any discomfort you may be experiencing should subside.
For more information about tooth extractions in Rutherford, contact Frost Dental Group to make an appointment.