Your teeth are tough and durable, but sometimes tooth extractions are necessary. This is particularly true if you develop a severe cavity or your wisdom teeth become impacted. At Manhattan Dental Design in Midtown West, Manhattan, Ernest Tchoi, DMD, performs outpatient tooth extractions. If you regularly experience tooth pain or discomfort, book online to schedule an appointment or call the New York City practice today.
Tooth extractions are a common dental procedure used to remove decaying, infected, or crowded teeth. You might also need extractions if you have impacted wisdom teeth or you’re preparing to undergo an organ transplant or chemotherapy.
Thanks to modern dental tools and improved treatment techniques, tooth extractions are relatively quick and pain-free. The entire process occurs under local anesthesia, ensuring your comfort.
To determine if you need tooth extractions, Dr. Tchoi conducts an oral exam and reviews your oral health history. Afterward, he takes a series of X-rays with the on-site cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scanner.
During your consultation, let Dr. Tchoi know about any underlying health problems. Conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease may increase your risk of complications during the treatment or your recovery.
At Manhattan Dental Design, Dr. Tchoi performs several types of tooth extractions, including:
If your affected tooth is above the gum line, Dr. Tchoi performs a simple extraction. After administering a local anesthetic, he uses a tool called an elevator to loosen your tooth and then removes it with forceps. Simple tooth extractions typically take less than half an hour. There is no downtime, so you can turn to work or other routine activities right away.
If you have an impacted tooth, or tooth that hasn't broken through the gum line, Dr. Tchoi performs a surgical extraction. After administering a local anesthetic, he makes an incision along your gums and carefully splits the affected tooth. Dr. Tchoi uses forceps to remove each piece and then sutures your gums.
Following tooth extractions, it’s perfectly normal to experience some bleeding, swelling, and mild gum sensitivity. Take your medication as prescribed and avoid strenuous activity for at least 48 hours. To relieve swelling, apply an ice pack to your cheek a few times a day.
For the first few days, eat soft foods like mashed potatoes, soup, and scrambled eggs. Continue to brush and floss but do so carefully around the extraction site. Avoid smoking or rinsing your mouth for at least the first 24 hours.
If you’re interested in learning more about tooth extractions, request a consultation at Manhattan Smile Design. Book online to schedule an appointment or call the New York City practice to speak with a staff member today.