Relieve aching teeth, preserve oral health promptly with precision tooth extractions
Extractions are just one way of referring to the removal of damaged teeth. With one notable and common exception, dental extractions are generally done as a “last resort.” Dr. Imran Ahmed and the associates at Let’s Smile Dental in New York, New York, maintain close relationships with patients. We keep up with any changes that can affect the health of the teeth and gums, which might require interventions such as the introduction of professional oral care products or preventive services. These efforts are undertaken to preserve the teeth.
However, removal of the natural teeth may be necessary for the following circumstances:
- When deeply decayed teeth are not candidates for root canal therapy or other endodontic procedures
- When root canal therapy or surgical endodontic procedures do not successfully resolve inflammation or infection at the center of the tooth (pulp tissue)
- If a tooth that has been knocked out due to a sports injury or other accidents fails to be successfully “re-rooted.”
- Certain types of cracks or severe fractures
- To treat third molars that fail to develop correctly, known as “impacted wisdom teeth.”
The conditions listed above often produce significant discomfort and affect day-to-day life – from what you eat to how well you sleep. They are also associated with several severe complications. Oral infections or abscesses can spread, and systemic infections are a medical emergency. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause considerable pain and threaten the health of neighboring teeth. As these molars are “trapped,” they push up against neighboring teeth and tissues. That produces painful pressure and can affect the integrity of a nearby tooth.
The process of removing a tooth itself is generally straightforward. A simple extraction involves using specialized tools to loosen the tooth in its socket. It is then lifted and pulled gently. This technique is appropriate for those teeth that are largely intact and visible. Your dentist may recommend a surgical extraction for those teeth that are either badly broken or are not visible or easily accessible. Impacted wisdom teeth are a great example of common surgical extractions. Once teeth are accessed, they are precisely removed. For ease of removal, the tooth may be removed in pieces or chunks. Patients don’t feel anything, thanks to our use of precision anesthetic. Depending on the techniques that are used and your needs, relaxing sedation may be administered, too.
Restore your health and comfort, promptly
If decay or trauma is extensive, removing the tooth may be vital to your oral function and overall health. The third molars (or wisdom teeth) are not necessary. They are vestigial structures, like your tailbone or appendix. Yet, problems often arise with these molars. They are the last to develop in your mouth. By the time they do so, these molars have insufficient room to break through the gums normally.
For this reason, wisdom teeth do not need to be replaced. As a rule, though, it’s vital to replace other teeth right away. Missing teeth hasten bone loss. When the supportive bone shrinks, it can cause all sorts of functional complications.
There is no reason to suffer from the pain of a toothache. We offer emergency dentistry services, including extractions. Better yet, let’s get ahead of the problem! Call us at (212) 831-8940 to schedule your appointment.