Dental365 prefers to perform conservative dental treatments whenever possible. However, sometimes a tooth cannot be saved, due to an injury, trauma, or decay, and the only option is extraction. At Dental365, we can perform extractions and prepare the jaw for restoration, such as a bridge, partial denture, or dental implant. If you are in need of a tooth extraction, our team of skilled surgeons in the New York, NY-area can help. Contact us today to schedule your gentle, precise tooth extraction.
When is Extraction Recommended?
There are several reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted, including:
- Overcrowding: Some patients have baby teeth that do not fall out in time to allow their permanent teeth to erupt; while other patients may need to have teeth removed as part of an orthodontic treatment plan.
- Decay: Occasionally, tooth decay or a fracture extends to the pulp of the tooth, and the tooth becomes infected. When a root canal is not possible, it is best to remove the tooth before the infection spreads or enters the blood stream.
- Damage or trauma: Sometimes teeth are so badly damaged due to an injury or trauma that it cannot be repaired with a crown or filling. In these cases, the only option may be to remove the tooth and replace it with a prosthetic.
- Gum disease: Advanced gum disease may result in the deterioration of the bone surrounding your teeth, causing them to loosen to such an extent that removal is the only option. Gum disease is the main cause of adult tooth loss in the United States.
- Wisdom teeth: Often, the third molars, or wisdom teeth, need to be extracted while a patient is a young adult. Wisdom teeth can become impacted, meaning they cannot erupt from the gums, sometimes causing infection and pain. Additionally, when wisdom teeth erupt, they may shift other teeth, changing a patient’s bite and smile.
Types of Extractions
There are two types of extractions: simple and surgical. A simple extraction is performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth. These can be performed by a general dentist, using local anesthesia.
A surgical extraction is more complex and involves the removal of a tooth that cannot easily be seen or reached, either because it has not fully erupted or it has broken off at the gum line. The procedure can be performed by a general dentist, but is most commonly completed by an oral surgeon. During a surgical extraction, we will make an incision in your gum and may remove bone around the tooth, or segment the tooth into smaller pieces for removal.
After Extraction: What to Expect
We may prescribe pain medication after your tooth extraction, and will recommend that you avoid chewing near the extraction site. This area is very sensitive after surgery, and food can cause complications. Applying a warm compress may help soothe pain.
If you are experiencing severe tooth pain and require tooth extraction, our convenient hours can help accommodate your urgent request. The skilled professionals at Dental365 want to help.
Some patients experience dry socket, which is a common complication after extraction. A blood clot typically forms at the treatment site, serving as protection of the empty tooth socket. If the blood clot dissolves, and the bone and nerves are exposed, this can cause intense pain.
Eating only soft foods, avoiding drinking through a straw, and rinsing your mouth with warm salt water can help prevent dry socket from occurring. You should contact us immediately if you have severe pain, or think you may be experiencing dry socket.
Replacing Teeth after Extraction
Once a tooth has been extracted, there are a number of restoration options, including:
- Dental Bridge: A dental bridge replaces one tooth or a row of teeth, as long as there are healthy teeth on either side of the extraction site. Bridges consist of a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) attached to crowns on either side. We permanently attach the crowns to healthy teeth to hold the bridge in place.
- Partial Dentures: Dentures feature a full arch of prosthetic teeth, attached to a gum-colored base that fits snugly against the gums. Partial dentures are used when at least one healthy tooth remains, while full dentures replace all of the teeth in an arch. Partial and full dentures can be removable, or supported by dental implants.
- Dental Implants: Implants are small titanium posts, surgically implanted into the jawbone. The posts fuse with bone and support a crown, bridge, partial, or full dentures. Implant crowns and bridges are permanent, while partial and full dentures may be removable or permanent.
Schedule Your Extraction Today
If you are experiencing severe tooth pain and require tooth extraction, our convenient hours can help accommodate your urgent request. The skilled dental professionals at Dental365 want to help. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.