What is Tooth Extraction?

A tooth extraction, or exodontia, is the removal of a tooth. Reasons for a tooth extraction include decayed or broken teeth. They may also be removed to make room for other teeth or an orthodontia treatment. Throughout history, tooth removal has been used to treat a variety of illnesses before the discovery of antibiotics as chronic tooth infections were linked to a number of ailments. There are two main types of tooth extractions: simple extractions and surgical extractions. Simple extractions are performed on visible teeth in the mouth under local anesthesia. The tooth is loosened from its socket and then removed with dental forceps. Surgical extraction is a more complicated procedure done on teeth that have broken under the gum line or have not fully erupted and is generally done under general anesthesia. Find out more about tooth extractions and removal, postoperative care, and potential complications.

The Benefits of Tooth Extraction

  • Protect Surrounding Teeth

  • Protect Your Comfort

  • Prevent Infection

  • Improve Your Smile

  • Relive Pain Caused by Decaying Teeth

Top Three Reasons for Having a Tooth Extracted

Trauma or Decay

Crowded Teeth


What To Expect After Surgery

In most cases, the recovery period lasts only a few days. The following will help speed recovery:

  • Take painkillers as prescribed by your dentist or oral surgeon. To help relieve pain and swelling, apply an ice or cold pack to the outside of your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. Put a thin cloth between the ice and your skin.
  • After 24 hours, rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water several times a day to reduce swelling and relieve pain. Make your own salt water by mixing 1 tsp (5 g) of salt in a medium-sized glass [8 fl oz (240 mL)] of warm water. Do not rinse hard. This can loosen the blood clotand delay healing.
  • Change gauze pads before they become soaked with blood.
  • Relax after surgery. Physical activity may increase bleeding.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Eat soft foods, such as gelatin, pudding, or a thin soup. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as healing progresses.
  • Do not lie flat. This may prolong bleeding. Prop up your head with pillows.
  • Avoid rubbing the area with your tongue.
  • Do not use sucking motions, such as when using a straw to drink.
  • Continue to carefully brush your teeth and tongue.

After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. Some stitches dissolve over time, and some have to be removed after a few days. Your dentist will tell you whether your stitches need to be removed.

What Our Happy Customers are Saying

Going to the dentist has always caused me anxiety, but not at Veenstra! The cleanings are fast and easy; and as for the fillings, I didn’t even feel the needle for the Novocain! All of the staff are so friendly and welcoming. I’ve never had to wait for an appt either! We see Dr. Eric and he’s the best!

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The staff is very welcoming and friendly. Dr. Eric makes you feel at ease and the hygienists are outstanding! They cater to your needs/comfort and are very flexible with scheduling! I highly recommend!

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Alicia P.

I’m a new patient and not normally a big fan of going to the dentist. However, I thought the hygienist (Nancy) and Dr. Eric did a SUPERB job during my dental appointment yesterday. Thank you so much … 🙂 !

George W.
George W.

Staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and they do a great job of accommodating people whom have had bad experiences in the past. Dr. Eric did an excellent job of explaining the process I was going through and why it needed to be done. His assistant went above and beyond explaining the condition I had and how to handle the recovery.

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Why Choose Us?

  • Nice clean environment which is relaxing and also takes your mind off treatment.
  • The latest technology to offer the best treatment.
  • Imaging software to show what can be done to your smile before you have anything done.
  • Payment options to allow to spread the investment into affordable monthly payments

Meet Dr. Doug and Dr. Eric Veenstra

Dr. Eric, the oldest of four children to Dr. Doug and Patti Veenstra, was born and raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey.He graduated Eastern Christian HS in 1999, Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan) in 2003, and UMDNJ (currently Rutgers Dental School) in 2007. Following graduation from Dental School, Dr. Eric joined his father, Dr. Doug, in his practice in Midland Park, NJ that was originally established in 1981. They have loved working together and feel blessed to continually grow in their service to the community where they’ve been for over 35 years.

Dr. Eric values providing the best treatment and the best experience for his patients. and that has led him to pursue hundreds of hours in advanced dental education. He specifically focused his education for several years to implant dentistry when he saw a need in his practice to give his patients the best treatment options available. He completed an externship from NYU Implant Continuum in 2010, an externship from the Misch International Implant Institute in 2012, and an AAID Maxicourse in Implant Studies from Rutgers University in 2015.

In 2013, he married his beautiful wife Kimberly and has since had two precious little girls: Madelyn and Dorothy, whom he couldn’t love more! He loves the time he gets to spend with his ‘Girls’ as well as enjoying sports, music, food and being surrounded by friends and family. Over the years he has coached children soccer teams, volunteered his dental abilities on mission trips to Honduras and Africa, and has always been involved with his church.

Dr. Eric truly enjoys taking the time to get to know his patients, considers them friends, and feels blessed to be able to care for them.

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