Tooth Extraction in Long Island & NYC
Choose Dental365 for Gentle Tooth Extraction
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 dental extractions (sometimes called having a tooth pulled) 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.
What is a tooth extraction?
Dentists usually take all necessary measures to save a tooth, but occasionally, decay, damage, or disease makes extraction the only viable option. In this case, a surgical team at a trusted dental office must remove the infected or damaged tooth and begin preparing your jaw for a dental implant or bridge to restore function to your bite.
Why is tooth extraction performed?
There are several reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted, including due to:
- Tooth 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.
- Tooth 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 to tooth. 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.
What is the difference between simple tooth extraction and surgical tooth extraction?
There are two types of tooth extractions, simple extractions and surgical extractions:
Simple Tooth Extraction
A simple extraction is performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth. These can be performed by a general dentist, using local anesthesia.
Surgical Tooth Extraction
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.
What does a tooth extraction involve?
A tooth extraction can be performed by a general dentist or an oral surgeon, depending on the type of tooth extraction. During a surgical extraction at Dental365, 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 the procedure, we may prescribe pain medication, and suggest applying a warm compress to the area to help soothe any pain. Additionally, we recommend that you avoid chewing near the extraction site. This area is very sensitive after surgery and food can cause complications.
Are there any possible complications to a tooth extraction?
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. The following can help prevent dry socket from occurring after a tooth extraction:
- Eating only soft foods
- Avoiding drinking through a straw
- Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water
You should contact us immediately if you have severe pain after the procedure or think you may be experiencing dry socket.
Can I replace my tooth after extraction?
Once a tooth has been extracted, there are a number of restoration options, including:
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.
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.
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.
If you are experiencing severe tooth pain and require tooth removal, our convenient hours can help accommodate your urgent request. The skilled dental professionals at Dental365 want to help. Call us today at 844.365.DENTAL or request an appointment through our website at any time.