Whether you need a wisdom tooth extraction, emergency tooth extraction or a tooth pulled because of extensive decay, your family dentist provides painless dentistry, sometimes even same-day tooth extraction. In addition to taking care of your dental problems, your dentist at family dentistry in Brooklyn ensures you’re prepared with instructions for tooth removal healing, tooth pulling aftercare, pain after tooth extraction, and tooth extraction infection prevention.
You’ve heard the expression, “It’s like pulling teeth,” which refers to something that’s difficult to accomplish. Well, pulling teeth, or tooth extraction doesn’t have to be that hard when you visit a dentist in Broadway. It doesn’t have to be expensive or inconvenient, either. Your family dentist makes this sometimes necessary and usually misunderstood procedure a simple process from start to finish.
Tooth extraction — whether an emergency tooth extraction, same-day tooth removal, or elective extraction — is the process of removing one or more teeth. It can be simple or surgical; the only difference is a few added steps.
Get It Out
Removing a tooth is necessary for reasons ranging from inadequate space — as in wisdom tooth removal — to dental caries and trauma. It’s also done electively if your dentist feels it may prevent future complications. Removal of a wisdom tooth is done for a range 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, such as:
- There’s a problem near the area of extraction
- You have any systemic diseases like diabetes or liver, kidney, or heart disease
- You’re pregnant
- You’re on certain medications
The Tooth Extraction Procedure
Follow the preoperative instructions — like not eating, wearing loose clothing, and bringing a friend, depending on if you’re having a same-day tooth removal or a wisdom tooth extraction. If you’re sick with a cold or other minor illness, inform your dentist.
Your procedure begins with anesthesia, either general or local, depending on previous discussions with your dentist. You shouldn’t feel any pain. It’s normal to feel anxious, but the procedure has just three main steps:
- After the area is numb, the gums are elevated.
- The tooth is rocked back and forth to loosen it.
- After it’s loose enough, forceps are used to dislodge it from the socket.
If there’s a need to open up the gum with a surgical incision, such as if you have an impacted tooth or severe caries, added steps of incision and suturing are involved. Often, a surgical extraction heals better.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
After your tooth’s removed, some discomfort and bleeding are normal. Press a piece of gauze to the area for about 30 minutes. You’re then free to go, depending on the anesthesia. Your dentist provides detailed instructions about post-operative care, and you should follow them to hasten tooth pulling healing.
Eat food that’s soft or cut up and don’t drink hot fluids. Refrain from smoking or chewing tobacco and don’t brush, floss, or rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours. After a day, you can resume your daily cleaning, but be gentle around the extraction site. Add a warm salt water rinse to prevent tooth extraction infection.
Pain after dental extraction may be present, but your doctor can prescribe medication if necessary. Over-the-counter pain medications, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and ice packs help. Your dentist explains how to care for the extraction site. You may need a follow-up appointment.
The Whole Picture
Even if it’s necessary, tooth extraction has risks and potential complications. During the procedure, damage to the bone, blood vessels, or nerves may occur. A fractured jaw or incomplete extraction may also occur, which is why it’s vital that you seek treatment from a trusted family dentist.
Pain after a tooth extraction is normal. Consult your dentist if any of the following symptoms or complications persist or increase:
- Dry socket
- Continued bleeding
- Usual redness
- You have trouble swallowing
Anesthesia carries its own risks, but giving your dentist a thorough medical history can avoid most of them. Tooth extraction healing is a delicate process, so follow your dentist’s post-operative instructions to prevent dental extraction infection.
Removal of infected teeth, wisdom teeth or crowded teeth gives you physical as well as emotional relief. Wisdom tooth removal can prevent years of pain, anxiety and inconvenience. Most of the risks and complications are rare and can be managed. The risks shouldn’t stop you from getting a necessary procedure.
Depending on your plan, up to 80 percent of necessary dental extractions are covered by most insurance policies. Because your dentist is trained and experienced in restorative treatments, she also can provide you with bridges or implants, so that the space created doesn’t lead to 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? Would you like 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.
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