All Bright Dental
General Dentist located in Mamaroneck area, Mamaroneck, NY & Stamford, CT
Getting a tooth removed might sound like a big deal, but it’s a simple procedure that might save you pain and complications in the future. At All Bright Dental in Mamaroneck, New York, and Stamford, Connecticut, Gennadiy Kravets, DMD, and his team perform simple and surgical extractions in any case where an extraction could improve your oral health. To see if you need an extraction, book an appointment by phone or online at All Bright Dental today.
What are extractions?
Extractions are simple dental procedures for removing teeth that cause problems or crowding in your mouth. When you come to All Bright Dental in need of an extraction, the team may start by giving you an X-ray.
They use the images to see the tooth and its root. This can help them decide which type of anesthesia to use and the best method of removing the tooth. There are two types of extractions:
Simple extractions only require local anesthesia. During a simple extraction, your dentist uses a tool called an elevator to lift the tooth from its place in your jawbone and a forceps to remove it.
You need a surgical extraction if the top of your tooth is below your gum line. You’ll need more than just local anesthesia: Your dentist may give you a combination of local anesthesia and intravenous anesthesia to relax you or just general anesthesia to make you unconscious. They cut into your gum to access and remove the impacted tooth.
When do I need a tooth extraction?
Tooth extractions are necessary in many cases. Perhaps the most common type of tooth extraction is a wisdom tooth extraction. It’s a procedure that many people get in their late teens or early twenties.
Your wisdom teeth are located in the very back of your mouth and are the last four molars to appear. They often don’t have enough room to erupt above the gumline and must be removed to avoid crowding, pain, or tooth decay.
Other reasons why your dentist at All Bright Dental might recommend an extraction include untreatable tooth decay, infections, or crowding unrelated to your wisdom teeth. The team at All Bright Dental performs all types of extractions at both offices.
How long does tooth extraction recovery take?
It typically takes several days to recover from a tooth extraction, so you should plan ahead of time to relax and put your normal routine on hold. The team at All Bright Dental advises you to follow these steps for a smooth recovery:
- Avoid smoking
- Don’t use straws
- Use ice packs for 10 minutes regularly
- Prop your head up with pillows
- Continue brushing your teeth, but avoid the extraction site
- Take your medications as prescribed
If you get a fever or notice any pus coming from the extraction site, call All Bright Dental right away for further care.
To find out if you need an extraction to make more room in your mouth or alleviate pain, book an appointment by phone or online at All Bright Dental today.