Dental Extractions in Roslyn, NY
Steven I. Cooper, DMD provides dental extraction services in Roslyn, NY. Call 516-210-5129 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Our goal is to help you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime, but in some cases, a tooth must be extracted to preserve or restore your oral health. Dental extractions may be recommended in the following situations:
- A tooth is too decayed or damaged to repair with a crown
- Gum disease has caused a tooth to become loose and we determine that it cannot be saved
- Root canal therapy is either not an option for treating a dental infection, or not desired by the patient
What Happens During a Dental Extraction
Dental extractions are simple procedures performed in our office with local anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding tissue. A specialized dental tool called an elevator is used to loosen the tooth from the jaw. Next, we use forceps to gently remove the tooth. Following a dental extraction, you may need sutures to close the extraction site and promote healing.
What to Expect After Your Dental Extraction
We will give you detailed aftercare instructions once your dental extraction is complete. Although you can eat as soon as the local anesthetic wears off, we suggest a soft foods diet for the first 48 hours after the procedure. It’s common to experience some discomfort and swelling after a dental extraction, but this can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain medications and cold compresses.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Extractions
Is a tooth extraction painful?
Before we begin, we will numb your tooth and the surrounding area with local anesthesia, which means you will not feel any pain during the extraction, though you may feel movement and pressure as Dr. Cooper works. Once you leave our office and the anesthesia begins to wear off, you’ll feel some tenderness at the extraction site, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
How soon after a tooth extraction can I eat?
We recommend waiting until your local anesthetic has worn off before eating; when your mouth is numb, you risk biting your cheek or tongue, causing soft tissue injury. Limit yourself to soft foods and liquids during the first few days after surgery, then gradually begin to add more foods that require chewing back into your diet as you feel ready.
Do you need an implant after an extraction?
We typically recommend replacing the extracted tooth with a dental implant to restore bite strength, function, and appearance. The exception to this is if your extractions are needed prior to orthodontic treatment or to remove wisdom teeth.
A dental implant is the best option for replacing a missing tooth, but it is not the only option. You may consider a dental bridge or denture if you are missing several teeth. Our team is happy to discuss tooth replacement options with you in detail. No matter which solution you choose, it is important to replace the tooth – not only for your appearance but for your oral health as well.
What happens if you don’t replace an extracted tooth?
Your remaining teeth may begin to shift into the newly available space if you do not replace a tooth that has been extracted. The portion of the jawbone that originally supported the extracted tooth will begin to deteriorate over time, compromising your oral health.
Call 516-210-5129 to schedule your appointment.