Popper Dental

Periodontists & Prosthodontists located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Even though it’s always preferable to keep your natural teeth structures intact, sometimes a troublesome tooth can cause more trouble than it’s worth. If you need an extraction, schedule an appointment with Popper Dental in the Upper East Side of New York City. Their team of gentle dental professionals provides expertly effective extractions for all of their patients in need. You can book your visit by phone or online.

Extractions Q & A

What is an extraction?

Typically, your Popper Dental dentist takes every measure to avoid removing a tooth, since it’s preferable for your oral health to keep your natural structures as intact as possible. But there are some instances when a tooth can cause more trouble than it’s worth, necessitating the surgical removal of your tooth.

When your dentist removes a tooth, it’s called an extraction.

Why would I need an extraction?

Some of the reasons the team at Popper Dental might need to perform an extraction include:

  • A tooth with excessive decay that’s beyond repair or restoration
  • An infected tooth that’s caused significant damage to the supporting bone structure
  • Crowded teeth or making more room for orthodontic treatment
  • Gum disease

Extractions are also sometimes recommended for patients who are about to undergo chemotherapy or organ transplants. Chemotherapy and organ transplant surgery significantly tax your immune system, and it’s sometimes prudent to remove teeth that are prone to infection and might become problematic down the line. 

What should I expect during the extractions?

There are two main categories of extractions: Simple and surgical. 

Simple extraction

The team at Popper Dental performs a simple extraction if your tooth has erupted through your gums and is visible. Your dentist numbs your tooth and the surrounding tissue with a local anesthetic, then loosens your tooth with an instrument called an elevator.

Once your tooth is loose enough to remove, your dentist extracts it with forceps. Because of the anesthesia, you won’t feel any pain during your extraction, just some slight pressure as they remove the tooth. 

Surgical extraction

Surgical extractions occur when your tooth is impacted or hasn’t erupted through your gums. In addition to local anesthesia, you might be given intravenous or general anesthesia for a surgical extraction. Popper Dental has a board-certified anesthesiologist on staff to assist with surgical extractions. 

Once sedated, your dentist makes a surgical incision in your gum and removes the tooth. Depending on the state of your tooth, your dentist might need to remove some of the bone around it or break it up before extracting it.

How do I care for my smile after an extraction?

The team at Popper Dental gives you detailed aftercare instructions to keep you healthy, accelerate your healing, and decrease your discomfort following extractions. Accurately following your aftercare instructions helps you recover faster and ultimately gives your treatment better results.

They might also recommend getting a restoration, such as a bridge or a dental implant, to make your smile whole again.

To learn more about how Popper Dental can improve your oral health with tooth extraction, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.