Tooth Extractions – Brooklyn, NY
Keeping Your Mouth Healthy by Removing Problematic Teeth
A decayed or broken tooth can often be repaired, but in certain emergency situations, it might be compromised to the point where you simply can’t keep it without putting your oral health at risk. Our team at Brooklyn City Dental can work with you to safely remove any unsalvageable teeth and come up with a plan for restoring your smile and protecting your overall oral health. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you think you may need a tooth extraction soon.
Why Choose Brooklyn City Dental for Tooth Extractions?
- In-House Dental Implant Placement Available
- Same-Day Emergency Appointments
- Conveniently Located Dental Office
Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary
A tooth extraction is usually only performed in situations where saving the tooth is no longer an option. We may recommend it if:
- There is a severe infection that is starting to spread.
- The bone and tissue supporting the tooth are badly weakened due to gum disease.
- The tooth is injured and doesn’t have enough natural structure left to support a crown.
- Room needs to be created in your mouth for an orthodontic treatment.
If we do suggest a tooth extraction, we’ll be sure to give you a clear explanation of why it’s necessary. We’ll also give you an overview of the extraction process as well as an estimate of how much it will likely cost.
The Process of Removing a Tooth
Tooth extractions are normally classified as either simple or surgical. The kind you need largely depends on the state of the tooth being removed. A simple extraction can be performed on a fully erupted tooth, but a surgical extraction may be needed if the tooth is partially or fully impacted.
During a simple extraction, your mouth will be numbed, and the tooth will be loosened with an instrument called an elevator. Then we can use forceps to remove the tooth from its socket.
For a surgical extraction, your gums will need to be opened so that the tooth can be accessed. Sometimes it may be necessary to remove a small amount of bone along with the tooth. Like with a simple extraction, the area where the tooth is located will be numbed for the sake of your comfort.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
It’s important to make sure that you’re prepared for the extraction itself, but you also need to get ready for what comes next. During the recovery process, you can use a cold compress to reduce swelling around the extraction site. If you were prescribed any pain relievers, take them as instructed.
You should also:
- Avoid strenuous exercise for a while in order to prevent unnecessary bleeding.
- Plan on only eating soft foods while avoiding anything hard or crunchy.
- Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing, flossing, and rinsing with salt water.
- Stay away from tobacco products of any kind.
If any of your post-extraction symptoms persist longer than expected, please call us right away.