Extractions Specialist

Dr. K Dental

Dentists located in Gramercy Park, New York, NY & Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, NY

Tooth extractions don’t have to be painful or cause anxiety. If you require an extraction because of tooth decay or you have impacted wisdom teeth, the experienced team of dentists at Dr. K Dental, located in Union Square of Manhattan, New York, and Manhattan Beach of Brooklyn, New York, can help. They offer painless extractions using the most innovative technology and techniques available in a comfortable, state-of-the-art facility. Call Dr. K Dental to learn more about extractions or schedule an appointment online today.

Extractions

What are extractions?

Tooth extractions are procedures your dentist uses to remove one or more teeth. Extractions might be necessary if you have:

  • Decayed teeth
  • Tooth trauma or other damage
  • Crowding
  • Impacted wisdom teeth

In some cases, tooth extraction is essential to optimize oral health and prevent further damage. You may opt for tooth extraction as part of a cosmetic smile makeover that includes dental implants or orthodontic treatment.

What should I expect during a tooth extraction?

An experienced dental provider at Dr. K Dental lets you know if a tooth extraction is the right treatment for you after a thorough dental exam and X-rays. For example, they may be able to save an infected tooth with a root canal, avoiding extraction. But, if your tooth is severely decayed, extraction may be the best choice to improve your oral health.

During the tooth extraction procedure, your dentist first numbs the area using local anesthesia to reduce any discomfort. You might also receive nitrogen oxide or general anesthesia to reduce pain and anxiety during the procedure.

During extraction, your dentist uses a state-of-the-art laser to expose the tooth. They break it up into sections and remove the tooth one section one at a time. After it’s gone, your provider stitches up the area and puts gauze in the empty space to help control bleeding.

What happens after tooth extractions?

You can go home the same day after tooth extraction. Your dentist lets you know which medications to take as needed for pain or to prevent infection. You initially follow a soft foods diet and work up to more normal eating patterns.

To enhance recovery after a tooth extraction, try the following.

  • Avoid drinking through a straw for the first 24 hours
  • Don’t rinse your mouth vigorously
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol
  • Follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions
  • Use an ice pack to reduce swelling and pain

For the first few days after a tooth extraction, rinse your mouth gently but avoid brushing near the affected area. Call your dentist if you have swelling after 2-3 days, severe pain, or heavy bleeding, and attend follow-up dental visits as recommended.

Don’t let decayed teeth or crowing ruin your beautiful smile. Call Dr. K Dental for an extraction consultation today or book an appointment online.