An extraction is a procedure to remove a tooth from your mouth. A dental extraction is most commonly used if one of your teeth is damaged beyond practical repair, and all other forms of treatment have been exhausted. The most common reasons for tooth extractions include:
- Severe tooth decay or infection may make it impossible or too costly to repair a tooth
- Advanced gum disease may require a tooth to be pulled so it doesn’t affect the supporting tissues and bone structures of your mouth
- A tooth may be extracted if it is blocking other teeth from coming in
- During orthodontic work, teeth may need to be extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place
- Wisdom teeth are often extracted either before or after they come in
What to expect:
Your dentist serving Queens NY will first administer anesthetic to numb the area and reduce discomfort. During the extraction, you will feel some pressure from the tooth being removed, but will not feel any pain. Usually, the tooth is able to be removed within a matter of minutes.
Immediately after the tooth extraction, a small amount of bleeding is normal and patch of gauze will be placed in the affected area. The area may bleed minimally for the next 24 hours or so and taper off after that. Follow Dr. Davantzis' instructions on how often to change the gauze, and what other post-procedure steps to follow.
For more information on tooth extractions and the replacement of missing teeth, call your neighborhood dentist in Bayside, Queens today at (718) 279-9700 or Click Here to schedule an appointment.