Tooth Extraction: A Gentler Method in Yonkers
In the past, because there were no other treatment options, dental extractions were the most common procedures for any dental malady and could be performed by your barber, physician or the dentist. Today, the dentist usually reserves extractions for cases when there is no other option. Why? Because Dr. Morrow wants to do all he can to preserve the natural structure of your teeth and help your teeth last a lifetime. That being said, tooth extraction is still a common procedure.
What is a Tooth Extraction?
It is the surgical removal of the entire tooth structure from the socket and the bone. Generally, there are two types of extractions. Simple extractions are performed on teeth that can be seen in the mouth and do not have complicated root systems. Surgical extractions are performed on less accessible teeth that have not yet come in or have broken off at the gum line. To remove these teeth, the dentist must cut and pull away the gums to access the site and possibly cut away the tooth piece by piece due to complicated root systems.
Why Would I Need a Tooth Extraction?
Usually, Dr. Morrow will pull teeth too badly damaged from decay or trauma that cannot be repaired any other way. He also might extract a tooth due to crowding, infection or a risk of more serious dental problems. The most common extraction is wisdom teeth removal. The third molars, or more commonly known, wisdom teeth, often cause problems and are not necessary for proper dental function. Other less common reasons for extractions include:
- Radiation therapy
- Extra or malformed teeth
- Creating space for dental prosthetics
- Primary teeth that do not fall out naturally
- Tooth decay
What is the Tooth Extraction Procedure?
In preparation, the dentist takes X-rays and thoroughly examines the area to help plan the procedure. Dr. Morrow reviews your medical and dental history to see if there are any indicators for complications. You should let your dentist know about any prescriptions or over-the-counter medications you may be taking at this time. You will discuss sedation and anesthetics prior to treatment to make sure you are as comfortable as possible during treatment.
On the day of your extraction, Dr. Morrow will inject the site with local anesthesia to numb the area. If necessary, he will use a stronger general anesthetic or other sedation techniques to help you stay calm during treatment. Then, if the tooth is impacted, he will cut away some soft tissue to expose the tooth. Using forceps and other hand tools, the dentist will grasp the tooth and gently rock it back and forth to loosen it from the ligaments and bone. You can expect to feel some pressure, but no pain during this part of tooth extraction treatment. In no time he can remove the entire tooth. Sometimes Dr. Morrow uses stitches to patch up the soft tissues, but more often, he will pack the empty socket with gauze and give you specific tooth extraction aftercare instructions.
Tooth Extraction Recovery and Aftercare
After extractions, a blood clot should form in the empty socket. To prevent infection or dry socket, you need to keep pressure on the bandaging until the bleeding subsides. You can expect some level of discomfort after the procedure and be prepared to take painkillers as prescribed. You should plan on eating soft foods, using a cold compress to reduce swelling, avoiding rinsing or spitting forcefully for at least 24 hours and not smoking or drinking from a straw. Recovery times will depend on the location of the tooth and type of extraction performed, however, most patients feel comfortable enough to pursue their normal activities within 48 hours. After two weeks, the site should heal completely.
Do I Need to Replace Missing Teeth?
Again, this relies heavily on the type of extraction and why the tooth needed to be extracted. In cases of wisdom teeth or orthodontic treatment, there is no need to replace the extracted tooth. In other cases however, replacing a missing tooth is vital for optimal oral health. If the gap in your teeth is left for too long it can lead to bone resorption and can cause neighboring teeth to move out of place or fall out entirely. Dr. Morrow will work with you on a case-by-case basis to determine your need for prosthetic dental restorations. The most common options for closing the gap include:
Choosing Dr. Ira Morrow for Tooth Extractions in Yonkers
If you are afraid of having a tooth pulled, you should know our office takes every precaution. As a modern dentist in Yonkers, NY, Dr. Morrow only extracts teeth when necessary to help preserve the overall health of your smile. We encourage our patients to talk openly with Dr. Morrow about their questions or concerns so you can feel confident in your treatment decisions.
If you want to discuss your treatment options further, including cost of tooth extraction, please call our office in Yonkers and Westchester County, NY today at (914) 476-4040. We are happy to set up a consultation with Dr. Morrow and get your smile and oral health back on track.