At Central Park South Dental (Midtown NYC) we do always try to save natural teeth wherever possible but if you have a tooth that is very broken down or extensively damaged by trauma, or which is badly infected then extraction may be the best choice.
Tooth Extraction Midtown, Manhattan, NYC
We normally carry out extractions using local anesthetic, but we can offer additional sedation for anyone who feels particularly anxious. Most extractions are very straightforward and recovery afterwards should be quite quick and uneventful.
You do need to make sure you keep the extraction site clean and free from food debris while it is healing and you might find it more comfortable to eat soft foods for the first day or two or to avoid chewing on that side of your mouth.
We can give you lots of advice on how best to keep your mouth clean during healing. If the tooth removed was in a prominent position, we can provide you with a temporary prosthesis to wear while the tooth socket is healing and until you have decided on the most suitable way to replace it.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth can often cause problems as they are the last teeth to erupt, often trying to come through into a mouth that is too small to comfortably accommodate them. Common problems include impacted wisdom teeth, where they will try to come up underneath an adjacent tooth, or wisdom teeth may only partially erupt, increasing the risk that they will become decayed or infected.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Tooth extractions are generally problem-free, but there is a small risk of developing a condition called dry socket. When a tooth is removed a blood clot will soon form in the empty socket.
This blood clot aids healing and protects the empty socket against infection. If it becomes dislodged then there is a risk the empty socket could become infected. We can easily clean out the infected socket, but dry socket can slow down overall healing.
Try to avoid actions that could dislodge the blood clot to prevent this from occurring. These include sucking through a straw and smoking and fiddling with the empty socket with your tongue or finger. If you do develop dry socket then you’ll notice the extraction site becomes more painful a few days after the tooth is removed.
All procedures are performed in our Midtown NYC, Central Park South dental center. If you have any questions about Tooth Extraction or to make an appointment please call our Midtown Manhattan dental office:
Dr. Oleg Klempner
200 Central Park S #109
New York, NY 10019
☎ (212) 265-2021