Is one of your teeth causing you terrible pain? Or do you notice an adult tooth coming loose? There are a number of scenarios that call for emergency tooth extraction. Recognizing the need to visit a tooth extraction dentist is necessary to prevent the underlying problem from worsening.
Willoughby Dental provides emergency tooth extraction in Brooklyn New York. We proudly offer extended hours in order to serve patients at the drop of a tooth!
Reasons You May Need A Tooth Extracted
There are a number of reasons you may need to have your tooth extracted, including:
If too many teeth grow in your mouth, one or more may need to be extracted in order to prevent a domino of dental issues.
-Badly infected tooth
If a cavity is left untreated bacteria runs rampant. Eventually it will gain access to the root of your tooth, when caught early enough the tooth can be saved with a root canal. If the root is too badly damaged for repair, a tooth extraction becomes necessary.
-Risk for tooth infection
In some cases the risk for tooth infection is so great it is best to erase all risks and extract the tooth. Examples of risk factors include, you are pregnant or have a compromised immune system.
-Gum Disease: Once periodontal (gum) disease gets out of hand, the teeth in your mouth may start to loosen and require extraction.
What To Expect When Visiting The Dentist For A Tooth Extraction
A tooth extraction dentist will be able to remove your infected tooth with little to no pain. Your procedure will go as follows:
First, an anesthetic is applied to numb the area.
Next, the tissues and bone surrounding the tooth are removed so that the tooth can more easily be removed.
The actual extraction is aided by a pair of forceps that cling onto both sides of the tooth. Using a special, gentle motion, the tooth is loosened and removed.
After your tooth extraction, a blood clot will form on the surface of your gum. This area will be packed with gauze to help stop the bleeding. In some cases a few self-dissolving stiches are also necessary.
If you are worried about the appearance of your mouth after your tooth extraction, rest assured that there are plenty of options to fill in the space with a false tooth that looks completely natural.
Aftercare: Tooth Extraction
Healing after your tooth extraction generally only takes a few days. Some key care instructions to follow include:
-Don’t drink through a straw, smoke, or make any sort of sucking motion with your mouth, or else you risk dry socket.
-Eat soft foods, and gradually add solid foods as your healing progresses.
-Do not bother the area with your tongue.
-Regularly brush and floss your teeth, practicing extra caution around the extracted tooth.
-Get some rest and avoid too much activity.
-Painkillers may be prescribed. Applying a cold ice pack to your cheek near the site can also help relieve discomfort.
-Patients with a lowered immune system may need to take certain antibiotics after their tooth extraction procedure to lower the risk of infection.
What Happens If You Have An Infection After Tooth Extraction?
The most common infection after a tooth extraction arises because of dry socket. If the blood clot over your gums is pushed away this leaves your bone exposed. Dry socket can be incredibly painful. At the first sign of dry socket contact your dentist for an emergency appointment. In response, sedative dressings can be applied to the area until a new blood clot has a chance to form a natural barrier protection.
Brooklyn New York Emergency Tooth Extraction
Removing an infected tooth will prevent the spread of bacteria to other parts of your mouth, and body. A tooth extraction is considered an emergency dental procedure because you want to have it removed as quickly as possible to avoid further problems.
Dr. Trachtenberg will work with you one-on-one to ensure the best dental decisions are made regarding your specific mouth. For emergency tooth extraction in Brooklyn New York, Willoughby Dental is here to help. Give us a call today at (718) 395-9105!