What to Expect Before, During, and After Your Dental Extraction

If you’ve been counseled by your dentist that you should have a tooth removed, or extracted, you’re likely worried about the pain that accompanies the procedure, and what recovery is like. You’ll feel much better armed with knowledge about how to prepare for the procedure, what the experience is like, and how to care for yourself afterward.

The Popper Dental team optimizes your experience by giving you all the necessary information you need to plan and undergo an extraction, and we explain how we follow up with post-extraction advice and care. 

At Popper Dental, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, dentistry is truly a family affair. Dr. Marlisa Popper, Dr. Jason Popper, and their father, Dr. Howard Popper, have decades of combined experience, so rest assured that you’re in the best hands for your care, and that we take all the time needed to address any concerns you may have.

How can I get ready for my tooth extraction?

If you’re having a tooth extracted, our team has determined that, due to infection, decay, crowding, or injury, this is the best course of treatment for you.

Aside from our dental team getting X-ray images of your teeth to prepare for your procedure, you can help them — and yourself — by providing essential information and self-care that ensures a flawless extraction:

When you meet with your dentist, they go over a complete list of conditions they must know about before the surgery. Also, some conditions or an infection may require you to take antibiotics prior to your extraction. 

How to prepare on the day of your extraction

When the big day comes, arrive at our office wearing a loose-fitting shirt so we can easily and comfortably administer your intravenous anesthesia, should you be scheduled to receive it. You also need to refrain from eating or drinking for about six hours before your appointment, and don’t smoke. 

If you don’t feel well on the day of your procedure, do tell us, as we may have to reschedule the appointment for your safety. 

Two types of tooth extraction

Depending on your dental issue, you either get what’s known as a simple extraction or surgical extraction.

A simple extraction is just what it sounds like: uncomplicated. We use just a local anesthetic to numb the area around your affected tooth. You may feel pressure, but no pain during the procedure because of the anesthetic. We loosen your tooth, then remove it with forceps.

Surgical extraction, on the other hand, is needed if your tooth fails to erupt or is impacted (blocked from breaking through the gum). This procedure is a bit more complex than a simple extraction, so in addition to the local anesthetic, our board-certified anesthesiologist administers intravenous or general anesthesia, so you’re “out” during the extraction. 

Your dentist then makes a small incision in your gum so they can remove your tooth. If necessary, they might also remove or break up some surrounding bone. 

What about after my extraction?

Now that your extraction is complete, the goal is to protect and keep clean the possibly tender, vulnerable spot on your gums where your tooth was. 

We want to make your recovery as comfortable, pain-free, and quick as possible, so we advise that you:

We may also add or adjust aftercare instructions so they’re customized to you. We counsel you on how to identify signs of infection and when to call us if you experience any. 

Don’t dread an extraction

You can expect your tooth extraction to go smoothly and comfortably at Popper Dental. Arrange for a consultation with us today by either calling our New York City office or booking an appointment online

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