Your natural teeth not only help you in chewing and biting food, but are also vital in maintaining the shape and structure of your face and jawbone. At Papadakis and Gonzalez DDS, we try our best to save your natural teeth, but an extraction is recommended in cases where we see no other alternatives of treatment.
Tooth extractions are recommended for teeth that are:
- Affected by advanced periodontal disease
- Severely decayed
- Broken beyond repair
- Poorly positioned (impacted) in a way that affects the other teeth in the mouth
Tooth Extraction: The Process
A local anesthetic is administered before the process starts. Patients who suffer from dental anxiety may be put under sedation to help them feel comfortable and relaxed during the process. The anesthesia will numb your gums, jawbone and the tooth so that you do not feel pain but only pressure during the process. In case you feel pain, let your dentist know immediately.
For teeth that are firmly anchored into the socket or have a curved root, a process called sectioning is performed i.e. the tooth is cut into sections and the sections are extracted one by one.
Once the procedure is over, a gauze pad will be placed on the extraction site to stop bleeding. Post-op instructions are provided in order to ensure proper healing and recovery.
Tooth Extraction: Post Procedure Care
- Bite on the gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the surgery. If the pad becomes soaked, place a new one. If bleeding persists for long, call our office immediately.
- Avoid drinking with a straw, vigorous rinsing, smoking, drinking alcohol, or brushing near the extraction site for 72 hours.
- Use an icepack to soothe pain and swelling. Take your prescribed medications.
- Stick to soft, cold foods and drink lots of fluids. Avoid hard and hot foods for a few days.
- Maintain proper oral hygiene.
If one or more teeth are causing you pain and discomfort, you must seek immediate dental treatment. Call our clinic in NYC at (212) 689-7199 for an appointment. Our experts will perform an evaluation and suggest the best treatment options to save your teeth from extractions and infections.