If you have severe tooth decay or impacted wisdom teeth, your dentist may recommend an extraction. At Rene Horvilleur, DDS, in Midtown East, New York, the team offers extractions using quick, effective methods of care. If you’re concerned about one or more of your teeth, call or use the online booking tool to make your appointment today.
What is an extraction?
A dental extraction is a surgical procedure that involves your dentist removing one or more teeth. Even though your permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, damage and decay happen. Extraction provides a last resort if there’s no way to preserve or rebuild your tooth via conservative restorative measures.
Why would I need an extraction?
The team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, performs dental extractions for a variety of reasons including:
- Crowded teeth
- Risk of infection
- Gum disease
Extractions are also used to treat impacted wisdom teeth or teeth that cannot erupt through your gums because of spacing issues.
What happens during an extraction?
Prior to your extraction, your dentist performs an oral exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you about the symptoms you’re experiencing. If this doesn’t provide adequate information, the team may order a series of X-rays or 3D scans to get a better look at the inside of your tooth and jawbone.
After developing a treatment plan, your dentist administers a local anesthetic, numbing your gums and affected the tooth. Once the anesthetic kicks in, your dentist carefully extracts your tooth using a pair of medical-grade pliers. For impacted teeth, your dentist carefully cuts away at your gum tissue and extracts pieces of your tooth one-by-one.
Am I a good candidate for an extraction?
Dental extractions are safe and well tolerated. However, any dental procedure can present harmful microorganisms into your bloodstream. If you’re living with an autoimmune disease or weakened immune system, it’s important to share this information with your dentist.
Prior to having your tooth pulled, share your complete medical history with your dentist. This is especially true if you have a medical history of congenital heart defects or liver disease. You should also disclose any prescription medications, vitamins, or supplements you’re taking.
Following an extraction, what is recovery like?
After your extraction, your dentist gives you a list of recovery instructions. They may also write you a prescription for antibiotics and painkillers.
It’s perfectly normal to experience pain, swelling, and bruising in the first 24-48 hours after your procedure. Take your pain medicines as prescribed, stay home from work or school for at least a day, and avoid rinsing out your mouth for at least 24 hours. For the first few days, you’ll also want to eat soft foods including yogurt, applesauce, and soup. Be patient and don’t rush the process.
Are you worried you may need an extraction? If so, call or use the online booking tool to request a consultation at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, today.