As dentists we are trained to save teeth whenever possible. In some instances a tooth cannot be saved and a tooth extraction is the best option. Smile Arts of NY provides pain free tooth extraction services in New York.
In general, the best option is to save teeth with procedures like fillings and when there’s nerve damage a root canal can be performed. But when decay extends deep under the gum, the tooth is cracked, severe periodontal disease is present, or a tooth infection cannot be resolved a tooth extraction is recommended as the best option.
No, we can take digital x-rays to check on the health of your wisdom teeth. Some people keep their wisdom teeth their entire lives without any issues. They even use their wisdom teeth to help them chew food. But when there are cavities present, infection, or gum inflammation it may be best to have the wisdom teeth extracted.
A tooth extraction will get you out of pain. Usually, a tooth extraction is a completely painless procedure. You’re completely numb, so there’s no pain during the procedure, only some pressure is felt. Contrary to popular belief dentists do not actually “pull teeth.” The tooth is gently nudged with pressure, the ligaments holding the tooth in place give up and the tooth comes out atraumatically. In our office Dr. Peter Mann gently extracts teeth, usually in just a couple minutes or less.
Most people have minimal discomfort following the procedure. Every person is unique, therefore everyone responds differently to a tooth extraction. Since the bone supporting upper wisdom teeth is soft, there’s generally minimal discomfort associated with an upper wisdom tooth extraction. The bone supporting lower wisdom teeth is very dense and it is common for people to experience some pain and discomfort for a day or two following lower wisdom tooth extraction. Pain medications will be provided to alleviate some of the discomfort associated with a tooth extraction.
The gums will heal in just a few weeks to cover the extraction socket. There may be an unusual sensation in the beginning, but that sensation goes away in just a few days.
We recommend to stick to a soft diet following a tooth extraction and to work your way up. Most importantly for the first 24 hours do NOT spit, smoke, or use a straw while drinking. For the first 24-48 hours the blood clott forming is extremely fragile. Putting pressure on the clott by forcefully spitting, using a straw to drink, or smoking can displace a blood clott. This is called a dry socket and it can be very painful. If you’re having pain 3 days or more following a tooth extraction please see a dentist. A dry socket is easily treated by placing a medicated dressing over the extraction socket which all the pain and discomfort.
After a tooth is extracted, other teeth will slowly shift into the empty space. The movement is very slow and can take a year or more to notice. Upper teeth will erupt downwards to fill the gap and teeth on either side may lean inwards to take up the space. A dental implant is generally recommended as the best option to replace a missing tooth. Usually, a dentist will wait four months for the bone to fill in before placing a dental implant. But sometimes the implant can be placed immediately on the same day as the extraction. A dentist may also recommend a bone graft at the time of the extraction, to facilitate future implant placement