No matter how well you look after your teeth, at some point in your life, you may still need a tooth extraction. This can be because of injury to the tooth, severe decay, an impacted wisdom tooth, or bone loss around a tooth. Dr. Peter Brusco is a dentist in Kinnelon, NJ where he provides general and cosmetic dentistry services including tooth extractions.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth Extractions

Is a tooth extraction painful?

Kinnelon dental patients trust Dr. Brusco for tooth extraction because they know they will have a quick and painless procedure. Before the procedure, you will have the option of a local anesthetic to numb the tooth, or a stronger sedative to put you to sleep.

How long is the recovery period?

Dr. Brusco will give you home care instructions to help speed up your recovery. Recovery time will vary from patient to patient.

Can I smoke after a tooth extraction?

You should avoid smoking for at least a week after a tooth extraction to prevent dislodging the blood clot, which can lead to a dry socket.

What is a dry socket?

A dry socket occurs when the blood flow to the socket is insufficient for it to heal. It can cause severe pain. If you have a dry socket, you will need to visit Dr. Brusco so he can clean the socket and provide medication to help it heal.

Can I use mouthwash after an extraction?

Rather than using a mouthwash, rinse gently with a mild saltwater solution. After rinsing let the water flow from your mouth naturally. Spitting can create suction, which may lead to a dry socket.

If you live in Kinnelon and you need a tooth extraction, give Dr. Brusco a call today at (973) 838-5862 to schedule an appointment.