Improve Your Oral Health with Tooth Extraction
When a tooth is severely damaged or decayed, Dr. Eugene Stanislaus prefers to save the tooth whenever possible. However, sometimes teeth cannot be repaired, and need to be removed to save the health of your smile. Dr. Stanislaus can provide tooth extraction services for patients in Brooklyn Heights, NY, to relieve pain, restore oral health, or relieve an overcrowded mouth. To learn more about how a tooth extraction could benefit your smile, contact our practice today.
Tooth Extraction: When is it Recommended?
- Damage or decay: Patients may need to have a tooth extracted in cases of serious damage or decay. Tooth extraction is performed when the tooth cannot be repaired through a more conservative procedure, such as dental fillings, dental crowns, or root canal therapy.
- Overcrowding: If a tooth cannot erupt through the gum line because of insufficient space, which is often the case with wisdom teeth, extraction may be necessary to achieve optimal oral health, proper alignment, and pain relief.
- Infection: When tooth decay extends to the center of the tooth, the area that contains the nerves and blood vessels, it can lead to bacteria growth. Often, root canal therapy or antibiotics can remedy this. However, if these therapies are ineffective, extraction may be the best option.
- Health conditions: For patients who suffer from an autoimmune disorder or are undergoing chemotherapy or an organ transplant, the risk of infection can be dangerous. Healthcare practitioners will often recommend that patients suffering from these conditions undergo extraction if they have a problematic tooth, to prevent serious complications.
- Gum disease: Patients suffering from advanced stages of gum disease may require a tooth extraction. When the supporting structures of the teeth (the soft tissue and bones of the jaw and mouth) have become infected, it can sometimes loosen teeth from their socket requiring extraction.
The Extraction Procedure
The first step of your extraction surgery, or any oral surgery, involves making you comfortable. Dr. Stanislaus will administer local anesthesia or intravenous (IV) sedation to ensure that your procedure is as pain-free as possible.
If the infected tooth is impacted below the gum line, we will remove the tissue covering it. Once we have gained access to the tooth, we will loosen and remove it from the jaw bone and ligaments. In some cases, Dr. Stanislaus will also perform a socket preservation graft to maintain the height of your jaw until it is time to replace the extracted tooth.
If tooth pain is affecting your quality of life, scheduling a consultation with Brooklyn Heights Dental can help you determine your most appropriate form of treatment.
After the tooth has been removed, Dr. Stanislaus will place gauze in the socket to stop any bleeding. If necessary, he will suture the gums closed with stitches that will dissolve on their own after a few days. You will be given very specific instructions for postoperative care, including oral hygiene recommendations for the first few days.
It is very important to follow Dr. Stanislaus's aftercare instructions to prevent complications, such as dry socket. Dry socket effects a small percentage of patients. A blood clot forms after tooth extraction surgery, which protects the bone and nerves of the treatment site. If the blood clot becomes dislodged, it can expose the area to air and fluid, sometimes causing infection and severe pain.
Schedule Your Appointment
If tooth pain is affecting your quality of life, scheduling a consultation with Brooklyn Heights Dental can help you determine your most appropriate form of treatment. To learn more about tooth extraction, contact our practice today and schedule your appointment.