Tooth Extractions

Tooth Extractions in Manhattan, NYC

At Park South Dentistry, we understand that tooth extractions can be daunting. We only recommend tooth removal when it is absolutely necessary and will serve to better your oral health. With a caring hand and modern technology at Park South Dentistry, tooth extraction can be a simple procedure to support a healthier smile.

When are Dental Extractions Necessary?

Tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral diseases can all lead to the need for an extraction. If a tooth is too damaged from trauma or injury to be repaired with a filling or crown, an extraction may be necessary to restore your oral health. Tooth extractions can also provide relief for chronic pain caused by overcrowding of the mouth, such as jaw and tooth pain. Our staff provides safe and effective tooth extractions to help preserve the health of your smile and offer relief from discomfort.

Tooth Removal Process

We know teeth removal is intimidating, so we go above and beyond to ensure our patients are comfortable throughout the entire process. Our gentle tooth removal process is designed to minimize discomfort and pain associated with a dental extraction. We take great care to clearly explain each step of the procedure before beginning and work quickly and efficiently to minimize your time in the chair.

After applying local anesthesia, the tooth is gently loosened and elevated from the socket. It’s then carefully removed with forceps with controlled pressure. The area is thoroughly cleaned and gauze is applied to manage bleeding for clean, safe healing. During your procedure, our team is dedicated to providing you with a comfortable experience every step of the way.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare: Prevent Infection and Soundly Heal

Our team will be at your side for a safe healing period after your visit. We’ll provide detailed instructions after your procedure, but here are several aftercare tips to follow for a quick recovery:

  • Manage pain: Take any prescribed pain medication as directed or use over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to manage discomfort.
  • Apply ice packs: To minimize swelling, apply an ice pack or cold compress on the outside of your face in the area near the extraction site. Use it intermittently for about 15 minutes at a time for the first 24 hours.
  • Avoid rinsing or spitting: Refrain from rinsing your mouth vigorously or spitting forcefully for at least 24 hours after the extraction. This can dislodge the blood clot and delay healing. You can gently rinse your mouth with warm saltwater after 24 hours to keep the extraction site clean.
  • Soft diet: Stick to a soft diet for the first few days, gradually reintroducing solid foods as you feel comfortable. Avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that can irritate the extraction site or get stuck in the socket.
  • Gentle brushing: Continue brushing your teeth but avoid the extraction site for the first 24 hours. After that, gently brush the area, being careful not to disturb the blood clot.
  • Follow-up appointments: Attend any scheduled follow-up appointments with your dentist to monitor the healing progress and ensure proper recovery.

If there are any signs of complications or infection, contact our team immediately for an urgent visit. Excessive bleeding, swelling, or a persistent fever are all symptoms that require attention to ensure you comfortably heal.

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Tooth Extraction without Stress at Park South Dentistry

If a tooth extraction is necessary, our staff will ensure that it is done right and with the least amount of discomfort possible. Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality dental care and pain relief so that you can get back to your daily life as quickly as possible. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and find out how we can help take the intimidation out of extractions.