Tooth Extractions in New York City, NY
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What is a Tooth Extraction?
While we always make every attempt to save and preserve your natural teeth at East Village Dental Center, there are instances where a tooth or teeth might have to be taken out. A simple extraction takes out a tooth that's visible above the gums. This is typically used for a tooth that's decayed or damaged beyond repair. A surgical extraction takes out a tooth that has not erupted above the gums. Surgical extractions are commonly performed to remove wisdom teeth and impacted teeth that don't have enough space to fit into your mouth. No matter the reason for needing an extraction, our staff will give you the best care. Contact our team to find out more about tooth extraction or to schedule an examination with one of our dentists to enhance your oral health.
Should I Have a Tooth Extracted?
If your tooth is broken or damaged from decay, we will make every effort to repair it using bonding, a crown, or a filling. However, a tooth might be too damaged and will need to be removed to prevent the infection from spreading — and to conserve the health of the rest of your teeth. You could also require a dental extraction to remove teeth that don't fit in your mouth. This would include your third molars, or wisdom teeth, that develop between the ages of 17 – 21. In older kids, infant teeth that haven't naturally fallen out might have to get pulled, so they do not block the permanent teeth from erupting. If you're getting braces or contemplating Invisalign® treatments, you may require an extraction to make space for the remaining teeth as they move into their proper position. If you have a tooth that you think might need to be extracted, contact our Manhattan East Village location to see if extraction is right for you.
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The staff is warm and professional. The dentist who did my two extractions was excellent. Their prices are reasonable. I have already referred a friend.
I came after many years without going to a dentist, and the staff gave me good recommendations on how to address all of my issues (replacing damaged cavities, deep cleaning, removing a rotten wisdom tooth). I found the dentist to be kind and open, and the staff seem to enjoy working together. Most importantly, my filling is solid and I'm on my way to healthier teeth.
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How is Tooth Extraction Performed?
Extractions are performed in our office using local anesthesia on the area near the tooth being removed. As soon as you're ready, we will begin the procedure. For a simple extraction, we will loosen the tooth using a special device known as an elevator, then we can remove the tooth. A surgical extraction entails making incisions in your gums to get to the tooth. If needed, the tooth could be broken up into smaller pieces so that it can be taken out. Once the tooth is removed, we will suture the incision in your gums. We may write a prescription for antibiotics that should be taken before and following the extraction — in cases when you have a current illness, if your immune system is compromised, if the procedure is lengthy, or if you have other special medical conditions.
What is the Anticipated Recovery Process for Tooth Extraction?
As your mouth heals, you need to avoid using straws, spitting, and smoking. Your recovery will vary based on the method of your dental extraction (simple or surgical), but you will likely need to eat soft, room-temperature food for the first couple of days following your procedure. We will go over what to expect after surgery, so you know what is normal during your recovery. We will also go over, in detail, the ways you should look after your gums.
Your gums will probably be swollen after the extraction, so we recommend cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication. In some cases, we may write you a prescription for pain medicine and/or antibiotics. Along with some suggested follow-up visits to our New York City office, you should continue to schedule appointments at East Village Dental Center for dental examinations and cleanings so our dental team can track your oral health after your extraction.
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Will Insurance Cover a Tooth Extraction?
An extraction is usually covered, at least partially, by dental insurance. Before your procedure, we'll call your insurance company to determine your particular coverage and estimate your out-of-pocket expenses. We'll happily go over the many payment methods we take to help make the cost of your tooth extraction or wisdom tooth removal more convenient. We are also to give you information about low-interest medical financing if you so desire.
Tooth Removal for Optimal Health
Whether you've got a tooth that is damaged or if your mouth doesn't have room for a new tooth, a tooth extraction at East Village Dental Center can help improve your smile and optimize your oral health. At our New York, NY office, we offer surgical and simple tooth extractions for your convenience. For more information about the tooth extraction options we offer, contact our office today.