Dentists agree that whenever possible, it is always best to keep the natural tooth intact with general dentistry. Even when a tooth is infected and abscessed, root canal therapy will be considered as a means of saving the natural tooth. Unfortunately, not every infected tooth can be saved with root canal therapy. In some situations, the decayed area is too large to keep the tooth. Bone loss around an infected tooth may be another reason why a tooth would need to be extracted.
The idea of having a tooth pulled, for any reason, can create feelings of anxiety and trepidation. We understand this, and at Village Dental NYC, we offer gentle, compassionate dental care. This is especially true with tooth extractions. We walk you through the process so you know what to expect. We also provide ample anesthesia to alleviate the pain. You may feel pressure, but no pain will be felt as the tooth is removed.
In most circumstances, tooth extractions are routine. Anterior teeth have one root, so they are usually removed easily. The molars have three or four roots. These teeth may require more effort and can take a little longer to extract. Your dentist will decide if an x-ray is necessary to determine the best way to extract the tooth.
Damaged Tooth Removal
A tooth with significant damage or decay may require more time to remove. In these cases, it is not unusual for the crown of the tooth to be missing or partially missing. Extraction of broken teeth can be more complicated. Removing tooth roots may also take extra time, depending on how they are situated in the jaw bone. Your dentist will explain the situation to you and let you know how the procedure is progressing.
As with any dental procedure at Village Dental NYC, your comfort is a top priority. Extractions are performed with care and attention to detail, so the area does not incur any more trauma than absolutely necessary.
After the extraction, you will be given instructions on how to care for the extraction site. It is important to follow directions, so complications will not develop. Proper home care after a tooth extraction will result in faster healing.
If you have a tooth that needs to be removed, make an appointment with Village Dental NYC today. Our gentle chairside manner and relaxing atmosphere will put you at ease while we complete the procedure.