Scarsdale and Mt. Kisco, NY
If your tooth is decayed or damaged and cannot be repaired with a crown or filling, your dentist may decide to remove the tooth as a last resort.
The procedure involves removing the tooth from the gum socket. It can be done by a periodontist, oral surgeon, or general dentist.
For a safe, painless, and the most comfortable tooth extraction, New York Oral, Maxillofacial, and Implant Surgery is an experienced dental provider and understands what is involved with removing teeth safely and efficiently.
Why Do I Need to Have My Tooth Extracted?
There are numerous reasons why a dentist can decide that your tooth needs to be extracted. The following are some common reasons:
|| when a tooth becomes infected, decayed, or damaged beyond repair
|| when you have gum disease
|| when you have a growth of one tooth that is pushing your teeth directly against another
||an accident can cause a tooth to become too damaged to save
||If you have bite discrepancies, then the dentist might consider orthognathic surgery procedures. It is important to know what to expect from orthognathic surgery before and after for you to get the jaw treatment you are looking for
||Some patients requiring braces might need to have a tooth or two removed to make room for the orthodontic movement of another tooth into its correct place.
||Others, with planned medical treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or organ transplants might require compromised teeth to be removed so they can keep their mouths healthy.
First Visit and Examination
We will examine your mouth and take an x-ray of your tooth. During this first visit to our office we will do a complete review of your medical history, the medications you are taking, and your history of allergies.
You should let us know if you have diabetes, renal, thyroid, adrenal or liver disease, hypertension, congenital heart defects, damaged heart valves, artificial joints, an impaired immune system, or a history of bacterial endocarditis. These might affect the procedure or cause problems after the procedure.
If you are taking anticoagulant (blood thinners) medications, you must tell us. These medications could result in prolonged bleeding after your procedure. If you are taking medications called bisphosphonates, commonly prescribed for osteoporosis, osteopenia, or some cancers, you must let us know.
Performing the extraction during treatment with these drugs can put your jaw at additional risk. If indicated, we will consult with your prescribing doctor about possibly modifying your medications.
Consider that we might prescribe you antibiotics in the days before the procedure if you are having a long procedure or if you have a weakened immune system or an infection.
Does Tooth Extraction Hurt?
Before your oral surgeon performs tooth extraction, they will nub the surrounding area with general anesthesia to ensure that you don't feel the pain. It is usual to feel pressure when the dentist is performing the tooth extraction process, but you will not feel a sensation due to the anesthetic.
Tooth Extraction Procedure
Depending on the condition of your tooth, the extraction might be simple (for intact visible teeth) or surgical (for decayed, broken, or impacted teeth). We will let you know what to expect during your initial appointment.
How Long Does a Tooth Extraction Take?
The time it will take for the tooth extraction procedure varies from one patient to another. It is based on the oral health history of each patient and individual needs.
If Drs. Orentlicher and Horowitz determine that your case is more complex and needs orthognathic jaw surger, then it will take more time.
For most patients, the procedure takes about an hour - which includes preparation, check-in, and anesthesia recovery.
If your jaws are misaligned affecting your everyday life, orthognathic jaw surgery treatment can solve the alignment problems in the jaw. Before jaw alignment surgery, most dentists recommend third molar extraction.
Surgical extractions and impactions may require intravenous sedation to help you feel calm and relaxed, in addition to local anesthesia. A small incision in the gum may be necessary to expose the bone around the tooth. It may be necessary to remove some bone surrounding your tooth or to section the tooth to be able to remove it. If stitches are necessary, they will be dissolvable.
What Can I Eat After Tooth Extraction?
For at least 24 hours after having a tooth extraction, you should eat soft foods. Try to stick to foods that are easy to chew including eggs, pudding, lukewarm soups, yogurt, well-cooked pasta, oatmeal, and more.
If you choose ice cream, choose the one that does not have chewy or crunchy pieces and avoid ice cream cones.
Can I Brush My Teeth After Tooth Extraction?
Patients are advised not to brush their teeth with a toothbrush after teeth extraction as it can upset the extraction site. You can only brush after a couple of days have passed. However, if you want to keep the extraction space clean, then you can wipe it with a wet cloth or wet gauze pad. Ensure that you gently clean the site without removing a blood clot.
When to Stop Using Gauze after Tooth Extraction?
After having a tooth extraction procedure, you must continue using gauze for two to three hours until the bleeding completely stops. The pressure from biting the gauze assists to slow down the bleeding while providing adequate time for your body to create a blood clot to stop bleeding.
Schedule Your Consultation with Your Scarsdale, NY Oral Surgeons Today!
If you suspect you need to have a tooth extracted, call today. We will fully evaluate your affected teeth and safely remove them. Simply call us at to book your initial consultation.