Your natural teeth are incredibly tough, but accidents, injuries, and decay happen. If one or more of your teeth is too damaged to repair, you might benefit from an extraction. Dana Kapparova, DDS, Amanda Golub, DDS, and the team at 63rd Street Dental in New York City, regularly perform surgical extractions using safe and effective means. To request your appointment today, call the office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan or use the online booking tool.
An extraction is a minor surgical procedure that involves your dentist removing one or more damaged or badly decaying teeth. Many teenagers and adults have their wisdom teeth extracted, but there are other reasons you might benefit, including:
The team at 63rd Street Dental might also recommend an extraction if you’re preparing to have an organ transplant or undergo chemotherapy; doing so makes it easier to keep your mouth healthy.
Before doing an extraction, your dentist conducts an oral exam, reviews your medical history, and takes a series of X-rays. During your initial consultation, make sure to tell your provider about any prescription medications, vitamins, or supplements you’re taking.
You should also let your dentist know if you have a chronic health condition such as:
If you have a specific medical condition or a weakened immune system, the team might prescribe antibiotics in the days leading up to your extraction.
The team at 63rd Street Dental performs extractions in house using state-of-the-art surgical tools and anesthetics. There are two main types of extractions: simple extractions and surgical extractions.
During a simple extraction, your dentist administers a local anesthetic numbing your tooth roots and gums. Once the anesthesia sets in, your dentist carefully extracts your tooth using a pair of dental forceps.
A surgical extraction is a little more complicated and works to address impacted teeth that are unable to break through your gum line. During this type of extraction, your dentist administers a local anesthetic. Once the anesthesia sets in, your dentist makes a small incision along your gum line to access your jawbone. After removing the bone around your affected tooth, your dentist carefully extracts it with dental forceps.
Following a tooth extraction, it takes two or three days to recover. If possible, try and take at least a day off of school or work. During this time, make sure to follow the team’s recovery instructions. Take your medications as prescribed, don’t smoke or rinse your mouth, and avoid biting down on your dry socket. If you experience pain or swelling, take an over-the-counter painkiller or place an ice pack or bag of frozen vegetables on your cheek.
If you suspect you may need an extraction, request an appointment with the team at 63rd Street Dental by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.