Dental Extractions in Midtown West NYC
At Carnegie Dental Wellness, Dr Constantina Bacopoulou, provides tooth extractions in Midtown Manhattan. Call 212-582-6617 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
The ultimate goal of dentistry is to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible, but there are times when a tooth must be extracted in order to restore or maintain your oral health. Tooth extractions may be needed when:
- Wisdom teeth are causing crowding or damaging adjacent teeth
- You need additional room for orthodontic treatment
- A tooth is too damaged to repair with a crown
- Periodontal disease has caused a tooth to become loose and we determine it cannot be saved
- You have an infection that antibiotics and root canal therapy cannot treat
Unless your extractions are for orthodontic treatment or wisdom teeth, we recommend replacing your extracted tooth with a dental implant or bridge to restore function, appearance, and bite strength.
What Happens During a Tooth Extraction
There are two kinds of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. If you need a surgical extraction, you will be referred to an oral surgeon. These extractions are typically needed for impacted teeth. If, on the other hand, your tooth is fully erupted, a simple extraction is all that is needed. This non-surgical procedure can be performed right in our office.
The first step in the tooth extraction procedure is to numb your tooth and the area surrounding it with local anesthesia. Next, a tool called an elevator is used to loosen the tooth from the jawbone. Once the tooth is loose, it is gently removed with forceps. If needed, sutures will be used to close the gum tissue at the extraction site.
What to Expect After Your Tooth Extraction
We will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions during your appointment. As the local anesthesia wears off in the hours after your procedure, you’ll begin to experience some discomfort at the extraction site. Cold compresses can be used for swelling and over-the-counter pain relievers will help alleviate any soreness. Most patients are able to return to work or school the day after a simple tooth extraction.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth Extractions
Is a tooth extraction painful?
No, your tooth and the tissue surrounding it will be thoroughly numbed before we begin your extraction procedure, so you won’t experience any pain, although you may feel pressure and movement. Once the local anesthesia wears off, you will have some tenderness and swelling at the extraction site.
How soon after a tooth extraction can I eat?
To prevent injury, we recommend waiting until the local anesthesia has worn off before you attempt to eat. For 24 hours, eat only soft foods and liquids before incorporating foods that require more chewing back into your diet.
Do you need an implant after an extraction?
A dental implant is the best option to replace a tooth that has been extracted, but dental bridges are also a potential solution. Unless you had wisdom teeth extracted or needed teeth removed before getting braces, we recommend replacing your extracted tooth, whether it’s with an implant or a bridge.
What happens if you don’t replace an extracted tooth?
When you’re missing a tooth, your other teeth will begin to shift and may even start to feel loose. The jawbone that supported the extracted tooth will begin to break down, which can compromise your oral health even further.