Whenever possible, the goal of restorative and periodontic dentistry is to conserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. However, there are some instances where the natural tooth or supporting bone is damaged beyond the point of being salvageable. In these cases, tooth extraction is the most reasonable and effective course of treatment. SmilesNY offers tooth extraction in New York.
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. There are many reasons why an extraction may be necessary. The most common reasons for tooth extraction is that the tooth has been damaged beyond the point of being restorable by severe tooth decay or advanced periodontal disease that has destroyed the bone that holds the tooth in. Tooth extractions are also frequently performed on patients who require more space in the mouth for orthodontic treatments.
Often, tooth extractions are performed on teeth that are impacted, which means they fail to erupt through the gums. This is commonly problematic with wisdom teeth.
There are many reasons that tooth extraction may be necessary. Common reasons for performing tooth extraction include:
While dentists and periodontists always strive to preserve teeth whenever possible, there are many benefits to removing a tooth that is severely damaged or causing harm to the overall structure of the mouth. Teeth that are severely decayed or infected can lead to health problems in other areas. Bacteria from the infected tooth can enter the bloodstream, spreading infection to vital organs and raising one's risk of developing heart disease, respiratory diseases, diabetes, and osteoporosis.
Extracting teeth that are impacted also presents many health benefits. Impacted teeth can cause pain, swelling, jaw stiffness, and general illness. They can also harm the surrounding teeth, nerves, and structures of the mouth. These symptoms and health concerns can be alleviated with extraction.
At SmilesNY, most tooth extractions are performed in-office by our periodontist, Kevin Loshak D.D.S.. The nature of your tooth extraction will depend on the severity of your case. In most cases, teeth that are visible above the gum line can be extracted using a simple extraction. Simple extractions are generally performed using local anesthesia and specially designed instruments. Once the area is suitably numbed, the tooth is removed, the extraction site may require a bone graft and possibly sutures.
Teeth that have failed to erupt properly or have broken off beneath the gum line may require surgical extraction. When this happens, incisions are made in the soft tissues covering the tooth to expose the tooth for extraction. Once the tooth is accessible, Dr. Loshak will carefully remove it. Depending on the severity of your case, surgical extractions may require general anesthesia.
Tooth extractions, whether they are performed under local or general anesthesia, can cause some swelling and discomfort. Post operative discomfort will be managed with pain and anti-inflammatory medication. Patients generally feel no discomfort after a few days. Your dentist at SmilesNY will discuss post-extraction instructions with you during your initial consultation.
The talented dentists at SmilesNY will be happy to discuss Tooth Extractions in NYC with you. Please feel free to call 212.752.6537 or schedule an appointment online in our New York office.