Tooth Extractions – Gramercy Park, NY
Saving Your Oral Health From Future Problems
When it comes to saving your oral health from future health problems, Dr. Ira Newman and his team at Gramercy Dental Studio will do everything they can to help you keep your natural teeth. Unfortunately, when this is no longer an option, it is imperative that the tooth is removed. With tooth extractions in Gramercy Park, you can expect a smooth and easy procedure. Although you will have a missing tooth, Dr. Newman will happily discuss your options for replacement, allowing you to maintain a healthy, complete smile. To learn more about this type of procedure and if you are in need of an extraction, contact us today.
Why Do I Need an Extraction?
If you’re wondering why you would ever need to have a tooth removed, here are a few valid reasons your emergency dentist in Gramercy Park will recommend an extraction:
- Crowded Teeth: If you have teeth that are struggling to erupt but manage to push through into an area with inadequate space, this can lead to serious problems for your smile. Not only can your natural teeth begin to shift and become overcrowded, but, in turn, you will need to resort to orthodontics to realign your bite and move your teeth into the correct position. In order to do this successfully, Dr. Newman may suggest removing a few of your teeth.
- Periodontal Disease: If gum disease advances beyond gingivitis and causes your bone to deteriorate and teeth to become loose, you might find that a tooth extraction is necessary in order to eventually replace it.
- Serious Dental Infection: If the pulp, which is the innermost layer of your tooth, becomes infected, a root canal is often suggested. However, if the infection is too severe, Dr. Newman may decide to remove the tooth and replace it once you’ve fully healed.
What is the Procedure Like?
There are two types of extractions: simple and complex. Dr. Newman will begin by examining your tooth and determining which course of action he plans to take to remove it. You will receive local anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable throughout the procedure.
Depending on how your tooth is situated in its socket, Dr. Newman will either use dental instruments to effectively move the tooth back and forth until it detaches, or he will make a small incision in your gums and remove the tooth in pieces if it has yet to erupt. This will make for an easier and smoother procedure.
Post-Operative Tips for a Smooth Recovery
After having a tooth extracted, the last thing you want to occur is a dry socket or infection. To prevent this from happening, Dr. Newman will provide you with some beneficial tips to follow while you are at home recovering. Some of these include:
Tooth Extractions FAQs
Your natural teeth are designed to last for a lifetime; in fact, tooth enamel even more durable than bone! Dr. Newman will do his utmost to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible. However, certain circumstances, such as extreme decay or injury, mean that removing the tooth entirely is the best option for the health of your overall smile. If you need a tooth extraction, our Gramercy Dental Studio team will answer any questions you have before your procedure. In the meantime, it may help to read the answers to a handful of questions about tooth extractions in Gramercy Park that we get asked the most often.
Does Getting a Tooth Extracted Hurt?
Many patients hesitate to complete the treatment their smile needs out of worry that the procedure will hurt. Rest assured that no matter the circumstances of your tooth extraction, the first step we take is always the same: numbing the mouth with local anesthetic. This step reduces your body’s ability to register feeling in your mouth. While you may feel a slight pressure when the tooth is removed, it shouldn’t be outright painful.
Once your procedure is finished and the anesthetic wears off, some soreness and general discomfort is to be expected. To remain as comfortable as possible and minimize post-op complications, make sure to follow our aftercare instructions. If you experience pain that worsens after two to three days, or signs of infection (such as fever), please contact us right away.
How Should I Prepare for My Tooth Extraction?
Preparing for your tooth extraction is actually just as important as following your aftercare guidelines. Before your procedure, let Dr. Newman know if you have any questions regarding what to bring, what to eat for breakfast that day, etc. If he has any specific instructions, like picking up prescription medication or consuming nothing but water the morning of, get those taken care of beforehand. We also recommend arranging for someone you trust to drive you to and from our office, as you may be unfit to drive for a few hours after your procedure.
Can I Leave the Space Empty After a Tooth Extraction?
If the extracted tooth was located toward the back of the mouth, you might not see the purpose in replacing it. After all, no one else can see it. However, each tooth works together to create a healthy smile. Even a single missing back tooth can lead to difficulties chewing, which in turn may cause indigestion and poor nutrition.
After you’ve finished healing, we recommend scheduling an appointment with your dentist in Gramercy Park to go over your tooth replacement options.
What Are My Options for Replacing a Missing Tooth?
Depending on the number of teeth that are being removed and their locations in the mouth, you have a few options for completing your smile, including:
- Dental bridges – With a bridge, dental crowns are secured onto the remaining teeth at eighter end of the gap, literally “bridging” the empty space. Dental bridges are ideal for patients who are missing one tooth or a few teeth in a row.
- Dental implants – Considered the superior tooth replacement, dental implants are artificial tooth roots that Dr. Newman surgically places in your jaw. Because they fuse to the jawbone, they can last for 30+ years with the right care. They also look and feel natural, restore more chewing power, and can replace any number of missing teeth.
In the end, the tooth replacement that will best meet your needs is up to you and Dr. Newman.