In an ideal world, no one would lose their teeth in their entire life. Unfortunately, that isn’t always possible. Around 5 million Americans undergo wisdom teeth extractions in addition to millions of other oral surgeries each year. At Westchester Smile Design, Shay Markovitch, DMD, and the dental team regularly perform oral surgery, including extractions. If you think you may need oral surgery, schedule a consultation online or call the Yonkers, New York, office today.
A majority of young adults need to have their wisdom teeth extracted. These teeth generally come in between the ages of 17-21 and are usually impacted, meaning they get stuck between your gums or jawbone.
Aside from wisdom teeth, you may need an extraction if one or more teeth develop a cavity. The goal is always to try and preserve your permanent teeth, but in some cases an extraction makes more sense.
Extractions are also performed before cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic treatment. For example, your dentist may need to remove one more teeth to address overcrowding or to make room for your braces.
If the team at Westchester Smile Design thinks you’ll benefit from an extraction, they order a series of X-rays to get a better look at the affected tooth or teeth.
Next, they perform a thorough review of your medical history, ensuring you're healthy enough to undergo an extraction. If you have an autoimmune disorder or chronic disease such as diabetes, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics.
Before your extraction begins, your dentist injects a local anesthetic into your gums. If you’re nervous or suffer from dental anxiety, the team can also administer sedation dentistry.
Once you’re completely relaxed and feel no pain, your dentist carefully removes the tooth using medical pliers. In the case of impacted teeth, your dentist removes the bone and soft tissue blocking your tooth and then carefully extracts it.
Tooth extractions are low risk and generally well-tolerated. However, you’ll still want to take at least a day off of work to help your mouth recover.
After your extraction is complete, it’s normal to experience some pain, swelling, and general discomfort. Your dentist gives you a list of recovery instructions to follow carefully. Make sure you take any painkillers or antibiotics as prescribed and avoid biting down on the affected area.
In the first 24 hours after your surgery, it’s also important to avoid rinsing your mouth out or drinking with a straw. When brushing and flossing your teeth, stay away from the surgical site and if your pain gets worse, call the office right away.
If you have a toothache and think it requires an extraction, call Westchester Smile Design or schedule an appointment online today.