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Tooth Extractions – Gramercy Park, NY

Saving Your Oral Health From Future Problems

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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?

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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?

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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

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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:

  • Using gauze to bite down on in an effort to encourage a blood clot
  • Making sure you take your medications and antibiotics as instructed
  • Eating only soft foods for the first few days after your procedure
  • Getting plenty of rest
  • Using a cold compress to reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort
  • Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine but being careful around your surgical site
  • Forgoing the use of a straw, as any type of suction or spitting can dislodge the clot