Tooth extraction is considered the treatment of last resort in the event of damage or infection but is often a necessary component of maintaining your dental health in certain circumstances. Corbin Dental offers tooth extractions in our Bayside, Jackson Heights and Oyster Bay, NY dental offices. Dr. Richard and Dr. Bruce Corbin may recommend a tooth extraction for a range of reasons as part of a treatment plan to maintain or restore the health and function of your smile.
Common reasons for tooth extraction:
- Severe damage
- Advanced, signficant decay or infection
- Crowding of teeth, often as part of an orthodontic treatment plan
- Extra teeth or a primary tooth blocking a permanent tooth
- Wisdom teeth that are impacted or affecting the bite
There are two types of tooth extractions, simple and surgical. Both types of extractions are performed in our offices with either a local anesthetic or dental sedation. Simple extractions are the most common and involve the removal of a tooth that is visible above the gums. Surgical extractions are necessary when a tooth is impacted below the gums and your dentist has to create an opening to remove the tooth. This is most common with wisdom teeth.
The Tooth Extraction Process: What to Expect
The first step is to make you comfortable with appropriate sedation or a local anesthetic. We will gently clean the area where the tooth is to be removed and go over all steps in the process so you will be aware of what to expect.
As implied, a simple extraction is a relatively simple process and most patients are able to relax with a local anesthetic. For a simple extraction, your Corbin dentist will detach the ligaments that hold the tooth in the socket. Once released, the tooth is gently rocked back and forth until it is able to be easily removed. The socket is then packed with sterile gauze and we will provide instructions for changing the gauze and caring for the site for the next few days to facilitate optimal healing.
A surgical extraction will most likely require the use of surgical tools to open the gums above the tooth, remove it and close the gums with sutures. Even though it is a more involved procedure, many patients tolerate it well with a local anesthetic. We will discuss your needs and concerns prior to the extraction to ensure you feel relaxed during treatment.