Tooth Extraction


If you have had an accident and dislodged a tooth or have a tooth affected by severe decay, your dentist may recommend that the tooth be extracted. At Dr. Elizabeth Kilpatrick-Fox’s practice, we know how intimidating a tooth extraction can be. This is why we make it part of our practice standards to make sure you are informed about the process. Much of the anxiety many patients feel can be alleviated through good preparation and answering of all questions prior to the procedure.

What is Tooth Extraction?

Tooth extractions start with the dentist administering anesthetic to numb the area. If you’re having more than one extraction or a tooth is severely infected, Dr. Fox may suggest using IV sedation or nitrous oxide for your procedure which will help keep you comfortable. Many patients avoid extractions because they are afraid of feeling pain. With today’s medications, many procedures are now virtually pain-free.

Depending on the extent of the trauma or tooth decay damage, Dr. Fox may be able to gently lever the tooth out of the socket, or break the tooth into pieces to make the extraction process simpler and to preserve the jawbone underneath.

If you are looking for tooth extraction services in Swedesboro, Dr. Fox has the state-of-the-art equipment and staff to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. Dr. Fox, your local dentist in Swedesboro, is an experienced dentist with training in tooth extractions. She will talk to you in detail about the procedure and answer all your questions regarding it.

Do I Need Tooth Extraction?

Dentists in general always work with a mind of preserving natural teeth as much as possible. Tooth extraction is used as an absolutely last resort when there is no way to restore or fix a tooth.

Here are a couple of reasons why patients want their tooth removed.

  • Infection: One of the reasons tooth extraction may be recommended is if a tooth is severely decayed. When tooth decay extends to the center on the tooth (which contains all the nerves and blood vessels), it can turn things from bad to worse. Though these kinds of infections can and usually are treated with RCT (Root Canal Therapy), sometimes too much of the tooth has been affected. In such a case, tooth removal becomes necessary.
  • Crowded Mouth: If you want to have a beautiful smile and are considering dental cosmetic surgery, your dentist may recommend one or some of your teeth be extracted. If you have too many teeth in your mouth for wisdom teeth or other teeth to come in, or if more space is needed in general for orthodontic therapy, tooth extraction may be suggested.
  • Compromised Immune System: During surgeries, chemotherapy and organ transplant, it is important to keep your body as healthy as possible. So if you have a compromised immune system and there is an infected tooth, she will likely recommend that it be pulled out.
  • Fractured Tooth: Another common reason for tooth extraction is if a tooth is fractured. While there are fracture management protocols that may be successful, if a fracture is too long or deep, extraction will likely be recommended.

Dr. Elizabeth Kilpatrick-Fox’s practice is located at 1507 Kings Highway Route 605, Swedesboro, NJ 08085, you can come visit the office or make an appointment by calling 856 467 1100 so she can take care of all your dental issues.