Getting your tooth pulled is the opposite of fun, but extraction can sometimes be required to avoid future complications. For safe and expert extractions, turn to the highly qualified team at Nostrand Dental Care PC in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Visit Alexander Solovey, DDS, and the team when you’re in need of having a tooth pulled. Schedule a consultation online or call the New York City office.
Even though permanent teeth are made to last your lifetime, it doesn't always happen. For instance, you might need to have a tooth extracted because it's too diseased to keep. Decay, trauma, and lifestyle can all lead to needing a tooth pulled.
Your dentist may recommend an extraction if you're dealing with one of the following situations:
There are simple extractions and surgical extractions. Simple extractions are just like they sound. They're simple!
Simple extractions are performed on teeth that can be seen in your mouth. In a simple extraction, the tooth is loosened with a small tool called an elevator, then taken out with dental forceps.
A surgical extraction is more involved. The tooth may be broken off close to the gumline or hasn't yet grown through the gum line, which is typical of wisdom teeth.
During a surgical extraction, the dentist makes a little cut into the gum to locate and take out the tooth in question. Sometimes the tooth needs to be sectioned, or cut into smaller pieces, to be removed. It may also be necessary to remove some of the bone around the affected tooth.
In both a simple extraction and surgical extraction, your dentist gives you a local anesthetic, so you don’t feel any pain.
If multiple teeth are being extracted at the same appointment, as is typical with wisdom teeth extraction, your dentist may give you a general anesthetic. You'll sleep and be pain-free throughout the whole procedure.
Based on how many teeth you had taken out and your individual condition, healing usually takes one or two weeks. New bone and gum tissue grow in the spaces where your teeth used to be.
You may experience pain and discomfort or difficulty chewing as you heal, but this will depend on the amount of dental work you have.
Since everyone's situation is unique, you should reach out to Nostrand Dental Care and schedule a consultation so you can learn about your options and any important follow-up treatments like dental implants or crowns.
Make an appointment online or call Nostrand Dental Care today.