Tooth Extractions | Princeton Junction & Mercerville NJ

Tooth Extraction

You and Dr. Bradley or Dr. Sasportas may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.

The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.

To avoid these complications, in most cases, Drs. Bradley or Sasportas will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.

Call our Princeton Junction office at ☎ Princeton Junction Office Phone Number 609-716-4600 or our Mercerville office at ☎ Mercerville Office Phone Number 609-587-2900 if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment with Drs. Bradley or Sasportas today!

The Extraction Process

At the time of extraction, the doctor will need to numb your tooth, jaw bone and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic.

During the extraction process, you will feel a lot of pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal.

You feel the pressure without pain as the anesthetic has numbed the nerves stopping the transference of pain, yet the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected.

If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction please let us know right away.

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Sectioning a Tooth

Some teeth require sectioning. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is so firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved and the socket can’t expand enough to remove it. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections then removes each section one at a time.

After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times to staunch the flow of blood.

After the blood clot forms it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Use pain medication as directed. Call our office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

After a few days you should feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.

Patient Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars based on 29 Extraction reviews.

Patient Review By Liam T

Great place and very friendly

- Liam T

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Patient Review By Lisa L

Dr.Bradley was great along with his support Alex. Both were calming, relaxing made the extraction very easy and painless. No pain felt at all. The worst was the needles for numbing but not bad at all.

- Lisa L

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Patient Review By Marc D

Allways the greatest

- Marc D

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Patient Review By John Y

From the day I first walked in the door, to my surgery and through my last follow-up visit, this was the most pleasurable experience a patient could ask for; especially since this was my first ever surgical experience of any kind. Everyone set my mind around ease and helped me cast aside any fear or worry. I truly could not have asked for a more caring and friendly staff from the front desk, to billing, the surgical team and of course, Dr. Bradley. If ever I need any surgery of any kind that would require Dr. Bradley's services, I will not go anywhere else. I cannot thank Dr. Bradley enough for his friendliness and his care, and the same goes for the entire team! THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH!!!

- John Y

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Patient Review By Rush M

Pleasant visit

- Rush M

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Patient Review By Allan S

Wonderful, easy procedure from start to finish

- Allan S

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Patient Review By Catherine V

Dr. Bradley was GREAT! His staff was excellent! Valerie was excellent too!!! She eased my fears and took care of me very well. Thanks to all of you for a good visit

- Catherine V

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Patient Review By William M

Good

- William M

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Patient Review By Kristen P

The entire team was wonderful and made me feel completely at ease!

- Kristen P

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