Whenever possible, a damaged tooth should be preserved; however, in some cases, removal may be the most effective solution. The conservative-minded team at Smiles on Broadway can conduct a thorough evaluation to determine whether tooth extraction is right for you. If it is necessary, our Franklin Square, NY, office is equipped with modern anesthesia methods and sedation options. Therefore, the process involves little discomfort and a fast, easy recovery. Drs. Steven M. Katz, Sultan S. Salem, and Dilmarys J. Peña also offer a full range of restorative dentistry options. Accordingly, when creating your treatment plan, your practitioner can include additional procedures to replace your extracted teeth. You can be assured that we will recommend an extraction only if we believe it will ultimately improve your oral health.
When Is Tooth Extraction Appropriate?
During a complete consultation, we can determine whether an extraction is an appropriate treatment. Situations in which tooth removal may be appropriate are:
- Baby teeth have not fallen out and they are interfering with incoming permanent teeth
- Severe crowding is causing misalignment
- You have several teeth that require extraction before you can receive braces
- You have a dental infection, and you have not responded to root canal therapy
- You or your teen have impacted wisdom teeth
What to Expect during a Tooth Extraction
Prior to an extraction, your dentist will carefully plan the treatment to ensure minimal-discomfort care. He or she will review x-rays to observe the exact position of your teeth. In this way, your practitioner can reduce the impact to your surrounding jawbone tissue. To further eliminate inflammation, we offer state-of-the-art anesthesia options. With this technology, we can deliver precisely controlled medications and adjust the levels, as necessary. The process also involves less discomfort than a traditional injection of local anesthetic. We can also provide other sedation options to ensure your procedure is anxiety-free. Sedation may also be helpful if you need to have more than one tooth removed.
You can be assured that we will recommend an extraction only if we believe it will ultimately improve your oral health.
When you are comfortable, your dentist will remove the damaged tooth. Often, he or she can easily remove the tooth by gently rocking it back and forth in the socket. In other cases, you may require a surgical extraction. For example, if your tooth is impacted, your dentist may need to remove some gum or bone tissue. Alternatively, if your wisdom tooth is coming in at an angle, your dentist could extract the tooth in several pieces. Fortunately, even these surgical procedures typically involve minimal discomfort.
The Benefits of an Extraction
In some cases, a dental extraction can have tremendous advantages for your long-term oral health, such as:
- Preventing crowding and misalignment due to incoming wisdom teeth
- Correcting an uneven bite and improving overall oral function
- Eliminating dental infection and protecting your nearby teeth
- Preventing potential jawbone atrophy
If needed, we can provide an appropriate dental restoration after your extraction. We offer traditional bridges and dentures as well as dental implants for greater stability. Drs. Katz and Salem perform all aspects of implant dentistry, including both surgery and restoration. With these treatments, you could enjoy the benefits of a beautiful and aesthetic smile.
Safeguard Your Smile
If you believe that you may need a tooth extraction, call our office at (516) 599-0883 or contact us online today. After a consultation, our doctors perform an effective and virtually painless tooth extraction to help restore your oral health.