No matter how painful a tooth gets, you should never attempt to pull it at home. Instead, the Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry team can evaluate your oral health, ensure a tooth extraction is the best treatment option, and extract the tooth safely. They perform the extractions using anesthesia to keep you comfortable while you’re in their offices in Greenwich Village, Gramercy Park, Murray Hill, and the Upper East Side of Manhattan. To schedule an evaluation, call the nearest New York City office or book an appointment online today.
Tooth extraction is the intentional removal of a tooth that is no longer healthy or able to remain in your mouth for any reason. Your dentist at Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry safely performs the extraction.
Even though it was easy to remove loose baby teeth during childhood, you shouldn’t attempt to remove an adult tooth at home even if it’s causing a lot of pain.
Your dentist evaluates the tooth first and might take X-rays to decide whether you need a simple extraction or a surgical extraction, which is the more complex method. A simple extraction requires local anesthesia and an instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth. Then, your dentist uses forceps to remove it.
A surgical extraction requires an incision in your gums because the tooth hasn’t fully emerged. In some instances, the dental team must section the tooth into several pieces and remove them one at a time.
Tooth extractions might be necessary for different situations. Of course, it’s usually preferable to keep all of your healthy teeth. However, the Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry team might perform an extraction under these circumstances:
Tooth crowding can pose a potential problem if you plan on straightening your teeth with orthodontic treatments like braces or Invisalign®. Your treatment will be more successful if there is enough room for your teeth to move, and an extraction may be necessary to make this possible.
Extensive decay or a spreading infection might require an extraction if the complication is deep enough and no longer treatable with other solutions like root canals or fillings.
Wisdom teeth extractions are routine procedures. Your wisdom teeth are the last molars to emerge in the back of your mouth and don’t always have enough room in your mouth. They can cause pain and tooth shifting as they emerge, so extraction is sometimes the best option.
It may take several days to heal after an extraction or a couple of weeks. The team at Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry gives you specific instructions to keep the area clean and avoid an infection which could prolong your healing.
You might feel some discomfort after the anesthesia from your extraction wears off, so your dentist will recommend or prescribe a medication to help you manage it. You can also use ice to bring down the swelling and use a straw while drinking liquids to avoid flushing the wound with anything other than water.
To see if you need an extraction to manage an infection or make more room in your mouth, call Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry or book an appointment online today.