At Sunrise Dental Service, new advancements in dentistry allow us to preserve your natural teeth for longer than ever before. We do everything in our power to prevent the extraction of a tooth. Unfortunately, there may come a time when it is in your best interest. If a tooth is decayed, diseased, or overcrowded, and there are no other viable means to restore your oral health, you may need to have it removed. No matter the reason, Dr. Makadia will safely and effectively perform tooth extractions in Bohemia, NY while ensuring your complete comfort.
There are several reasons that may cause you to need to have your tooth removed, such as:
To extract your tooth, Dr. Makadia will perform an extensive consultation to create a customized treatment plan. In addition to a visual examination, diagnostic images will be taken to view your tooth in its entirety. Based on the results of the exam, a simple or surgical extraction will be recommended.
A simple extraction is used when the tooth can be fully seen in your mouth. You will be given an anesthetic to numb the area. Dr. Makadia will then loosen it using a tool called an elevator and remove it from its socket with forceps.
A surgical extraction is a bit more complex. It is needed when a tooth cannot fully be seen, such as when it has become trapped below the gum line, or it is impacted. To remove it, the gum tissue will be opened to expose the tooth. In some cases, it may need to be broken into smaller pieces, or some areas of the bone surrounding it will need to be taken out. The tooth will then be removed, and the gum tissue will be closed using sutures, if necessary.
After your extraction, some bleeding is normal, but biting on gauze for 20 to 30 minutes will help to control it. You may also experience some pain and swelling, which can be managed with pain relievers and cold compresses. It is best to eat soft foods for a few days after the extraction, like yogurt and soup.
For the first day, rinse your mouth with warm saltwater; however, do not do it aggressively or the blood clot may become loose. On the following days, you can carefully brush and floss as you normally do.
To help prevent a condition called dry socket, which occurs when the blood clot is disturbed, it is best to avoid smoking and avoid drinking through a straw until it has completely healed. We will provide you with written instructions to be followed after the procedure.