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Wisdom Teeth Removal

Whether you need a wisdom teeth extraction, emergency tooth extraction, or a tooth pulled because of extensive decay, your family dentist offers painless dentistry, including same-day tooth extraction. In addition to taking care of your dental problems, your dentist at family dentistry in Brooklyn ensures you’re well-prepared by providing instructions for tooth removal healing, tooth pulling aftercare, pain after tooth extraction and tooth extraction infection prevention.

What Is the Tooth Extraction?

YYou’ve probably heard the expression “It’s like pulling teeth,” which refers to something that’s difficult to accomplish. When you visit a dentist in Broadway, you won’t have to pull your teeth or have a tooth extracted. It doesn’t have to be costly or inconvenient. Your family dentist makes this sometimes necessary and usually misunderstood procedure a simple process from start to finish.

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Tooth extraction is the removal of one or more teeth, whether it is an emergency extraction, same-day extraction, or elective extraction. The only distinction between simple and surgical is a few additional steps.

Why Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?

Tooth removal is required for a variety of reasons, including insufficient space (as in wisdom tooth removal) and dental caries or trauma. It’s also done electively if your dentist feels it may prevent future complications. Wisdom teeth are extracted for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Severe cavities beyond restoration;
  • Severe periodontal disease, pulp necrosis, or abscess where treatment has failed;
  • Overcrowding leading to deformity;
  • Malposition leading to cheek trauma;
  • Traumatic tooth or jaw injury.

There are several medical reasons not to have a tooth pulled, called contra-indications, including:

  • A problem near the area of extraction;
  • Presence any systemic diseases like diabetes or liver, kidney, or heart disease;
  • Pregnancy;
  • An active treatment course involving certain medications.

What Does the Tooth Extraction Procedure Entail?

Depending on whether you’re having a same-day tooth extraction or a wisdom tooth extraction, follow the preoperative instructions, such as not eating, wearing loose clothing, and bringing a friend. If you have a cold or similar minor illness, notify your dentist.

Depending on earlier discussions with your dentist, your procedure will begin with either general or local anesthesia. You should not be in any pain. It’s normal to be anxious, yet the procedure consists of only three main steps:

  1. After the area is numb, the gums are elevated.
  2. The tooth is rocked back and forth to loosen it.
  3. After it’s loose enough, forceps are used to dislodge it from the socket.

Additional steps of incision and suturing are required if a surgical incision is required to open up the gum, such as if you have an impacted tooth or severe caries. Surgical extractions typically heal faster.

How to Care for My Mouth After a Tooth Extraction Procedure?

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It is common to have some discomfort and bleeding after having a tooth pulled. Press a piece of gauze to the area for about 30 minutes. Depending on the anesthetic, you are then free to go. Your dentist will provide you with detailed advice on post-operative care that you should follow in order to speed up the healing process following tooth extraction.

Avoid hot fluids and eat soft or cut-up foods. Do not smoke or chew tobacco for the first 24 hours, and do not brush, floss, or rinse your mouth. You can resume your regular cleaning routine after a day, but be gentle around the extraction site. To prevent tooth extraction infection, use a warm salt water rinse.

There may be some pain following dental extraction. However, your doctor can prescribe medication if needed. Pain relievers, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and cold packs are helpful. Your dentist will show you how to care for the extraction site properly. You may need to schedule a follow-up appointment.

What Are Tooth Extraction Risks and Complications?

Even if it’s necessary, tooth extraction has risks and potential complications. Bone, blood vessels, or nerves may be damaged during the procedure. A fractured jaw or an incomplete extraction may also occur, which is why you should seek treatment from a reputable family dentist.

Pain after a tooth extraction is normal. Consult your dentist if any of the following symptoms or complications persist or increase:

  • Swelling;
  • Infection;
  • Dry socket;
  • Continued bleeding;
  • Fever;
  • Chills;
  • Usual redness;
  • Trouble swallowing.

Anesthesia carries its own risks, but providing your dentist with a detailed medical history will help you avoid the majority of them. Tooth extraction healing is a delicate process. Hence, follow your dentist’s post-operative instructions to prevent dental extraction infection.

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Is Tooth Extraction Worth It?

Removal of infected teeth, wisdom teeth, or crowded teeth provides you with both physical and emotional relief. Teeth extraction can save you years of pain, anxiety, and inconvenience. The majority of the risks and complications are rare and treatable. The risks should not prevent you from having a necessary procedure performed.

Depending on your plan, most insurance policies cover up to 80% of required dental extractions. Because your dentist is trained and experienced in restorative treatments, she can also provide you with bridges or implants, to fill the gap, preventing facial deformity, bite collapse or a gap in your smile.

Do you have any questions for the Brooklyn dentist Dr. Ella Dekhtyar regarding tooth extraction, wisdom tooth & emergency extractions in Brooklyn? If you want to schedule an appointment with the top Brooklyn cosmetic dentist, Dr. Dekhtyar of Broadway Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, please contact our office for a consultation.

Page Updated on Mar 17, 2022 by Dr. Dekhtyar (Dentist) of Broadway Family Dental
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