Ideally, your permanent teeth stay in place throughout your life. Occasionally, though, a tooth may need to be pulled. This process is known as a tooth extraction. It’s the removal of the entire tooth from its socket. Dr. John usually performs this as a quick outpatient procedure at the Soho Smile boutique dental practice.
Dr. John and his team are dedicated to saving all your permanent teeth. This dedication extends to performing a root canal procedure, in which the tooth’s pulp is removed, leaving only the shell. But sometimes the damage is bad enough that none of the tooth can be saved. In that case, a tooth extraction is the last resort. It may be needed for a variety of reasons, such as:
- Tooth decay or advanced periodontal disease
- A tooth infection
- Damage from trauma, as from a fall, accident or sports injury
- Tooth crowding, which is occasionally the reason for wisdom teeth removal
Types of Tooth Extraction
When one of your teeth needs to be removed, it falls into one of two main categories:
- Simple extraction. This procedure can be done on teeth that your NYC dentist can see and access.
- Surgical extraction. This procedure is a more complex type of tooth extraction. Your dentist may choose surgery for teeth he can’t see or reach easily. This includes wisdom teeth that have not fully erupted or teeth that have broken off at the gum line.
Whichever method is used, a tooth extraction benefits your overall health. When a tooth can’t be saved, it has to come out or it can lead to more health problems and further tooth pain.
After Your Tooth or Wisdom Teeth Removal
After the procedure, you’re sent home to rest and recuperate. If you had just one tooth removed in a simple extraction, your recovery is likely very short. You should be back to normal fairly quickly.
If you underwent wisdom teeth removal or if more than one permanent tooth was removed in a surgical extraction, you may need to take it easy for a day or two. If you experience swelling, apply an ice pack for up to 20 minutes at a time. Eat soft foods — like yogurt, applesauce or soup — for the first day or two.
The amount of discomfort you experience after the extraction depends on how difficult the tooth was to remove. Over-the-counter medications usually are sufficient to relieve discomfort. For a particularly difficult tooth removal, Dr. John may prescribe stronger pain medication for the first few days after your procedure.
Risks After Your Tooth Extraction
You can avoid most risks by choosing a top family dentist with skill and experience like the dentists at Sohosmile. They explain the risks before your extraction, and you can rest assured that all precautions are always taken with your health and safety on mind.
The biggest risks are developing a tooth extraction infection or a dry socket, which happens when a blood clot doesn’t form properly in the hole where the tooth was. A tooth extraction infection after your procedure has definite signs. For example:
- Redness where the tooth was pulled
- Severe pain even after four hours
- Swelling of your gums
- Excessive discharge or bleeding
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fever or chills