During our lifetime, most of us will only have two sets of teeth. While our adult teeth are supposed to last us for the duration of our lifetime, sometimes even the most robust commitment to our dental health isn’t enough to allow us to maintain them forever. Extensive decay and damage are just two of the factors that might necessitate your dentist recommending that you have a permanent tooth removed.
While the concept of having a tooth extraction can be frightening, particularly for those patients who suffer from some degree of dental phobia, the reality is that dentistry tools and techniques have improved a great deal in the last decade, and extractions are now simpler and safer than ever before.
Although extreme decay and damage to the teeth are two of the most common explanations for why your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction, there are some other reasons why one might be needed. These include:
Tooth extractions are always performed using anesthetic, which should prevent any pain and minimize discomfort. If you are having more than one tooth pulled, or if you suffer from dental phobia, we may suggest that you have sedation or a general anesthetic.
The actual process of removing the tooth will depend on where it is, and whether or not it is impacted. Typically, the tooth is loosened by rocking it in the socket, and then it is removed using small forceps. In some cases, it may be necessary for
Although you shouldn’t feel any pain during your tooth extraction, it is normal to experience some swelling and discomfort in the days after your procedure. In some instances, this may last up to two
You will be given specific aftercare advice, and this should be strictly adhered to if you are to make a fast and straightforward recovery from your procedure.
As with all dental procedures, there is a small risk of complications following your extraction. If you have had a simple extraction (no incisions), then this risk is minimized even further. Nevertheless, a percentage of patients may suffer from a condition known as dry socket, and this is more likely if you have had an impacted tooth removed. This is when the underlying bone is exposed to air and bacteria and can be painful. If you are unfortunate enough to experience dry socket, we will be able to offer treatment in the form of a medicated dressing.
Other potential post-extraction complications include:
All of the risks of a dental extraction will be explained to you during your consultation.
An extraction can be a nerve-wracking time, but if you choose a dental extraction with our oral surgeon, Dr. Elliott Ostro, you can feel reassured you are in the safest hands. Dr. Ostro delivers high quality, professional dental services in Manhattan, including tooth extractions, for many satisfied customers. Book your consultation today by calling our team at 6467131718.