At Marcial Dental PC, tooth extractions are the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. There are many reasons why your dentist in Flushing & New York, NY may recommend removing a tooth, including the presence of decay or infection, a crowding of the mouth, or a misalignment that affects how teeth fit together. Before any tooth is removed, the dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. The dentist will then remove the tooth and stitch it closed if needed. After tooth extraction, the patient should eat soft foods and avoid chewing on the area affected by the procedure until it has healed completely.
Types of Teeth Extraction
This type of removal removes teeth that are visible above the gum line. The dentist will use an elevator tool to loosen and remove the tooth from the socket. If a tooth is impacted or there are complications with the procedure, your dentist might need more invasive measures to complete the task.
The dentist might recommend a simple extraction when a tooth has not broken through the gums but is still loose enough to be removed with gentle force. However, if the tooth hasn’t erupted, it will require surgical extraction. In this case, the dentist will cut through the gums to remove the tooth.
The Benefits of Tooth Extractions
Relief from Pain and Discomfort
Tooth extraction can immediately relieve severe toothache or chronic dental pain. Extracting a severely decayed or infected tooth can alleviate the discomfort caused by extensive damage or infection.
Prevention of Infection and Spread of Infection
If a tooth is infected, particularly in cases of advanced decay or periodontal disease, extracting the affected tooth can prevent the spread of infection to surrounding teeth and the rest of the body. This can help protect oral health and reduce the risk of systemic complications.
Management of Crowding and Orthodontic Treatment
In cases where teeth are overcrowded, extracting a tooth may create space to align the remaining teeth properly. Tooth extractions can be part of orthodontic treatment plans to achieve proper teeth alignment and improve oral health.
Extraction of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, often lack the space to emerge properly and can become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling, infection, and other dental issues. Extracting impacted wisdom teeth can alleviate these problems and prevent future complications.
While preserving natural teeth is typically the goal, there are situations where tooth extraction may be necessary or beneficial. For more information, contact Marcial Dental PC at 164-11 Crocheron Ave, Flushing 11358, or call (718) 353-1309, or at 150 E 58th St. 8 Floor Annex, New York 10155, or call (917) 227-2328.