Removing Damaged Or Impacted Teeth with Tooth Extractions
Dr. Knop and Dr. Ilyabayev of Gentle Dental perform tooth extractions in Queens, serving residents of Bayside, Flushing, Whitestone, Fresh Meadows, College Point and surrounding areas. Our dentists are well skilled in performing oral procedures using modern dentistry techniques that aim to prevent tooth decay and provide you with a healthy smile at an affordable cost, but in some cases tooth extraction may be recommended.
A dental tooth extraction refers to the process of removing a tooth from the mouth. There are several reasons that may lead to tooth extraction, such as tooth decay beyond restoration, extremely crooked teeth that can’t easily be fixed or don’t have enough space in the mouth to align properly, or teeth that are broken or badly cracked. Problematic or impacted wisdom teeth are often extracted as well.
At Gentle Dental, Dr. Knop and Dr. Ilyabayev are well skilled in performing oral procedures using modern dentistry techniques. Our primary aim is to prevent tooth decay, cavities and provide you with a healthy smile at an affordable cost, but in some cases tooth extraction may be recommended.
When Tooth Extraction Is Recommended
There are a number of instances in which it may be advisable to have a tooth extracted. These include:
- When the tooth structure is badly destroyed by decay or is otherwise damaged and restoration treatments like fillings or crowns will not sufficiently restore teeth.
- When teeth are blocking other teeth from coming in or there is not enough room in the mouth to allow for proper spacing of all teeth in the mouth, causing issues with alignment.
- In preparation for orthodontic treatment.
- When wisdom teeth are impacted, partially impacted or otherwise not coming through in the proper manner.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Partial eruption or complete impaction of the wisdom teeth can occur when there is lack of space in the mouth, the teeth are not emerging in an upright or proper position, or the teeth become trapped in the jawbone and gums. This can lead to pain, alignment issues or infection.
At Gentle Dental, we review your dental history and take x-rays to carefully observe the condition of impacted or potentially impacted wisdom teeth. After a thorough examination, if wisdom teeth are found to be problematic, an early extraction may be suggested to avoid further problems.
Wisdom tooth extraction procedures may create minor pain, swelling and bleeding, but discomfort is generally short-lived. After the extraction, we may prescribe antibiotic treatment to control infection, and will also provide you with instructions to diminish swelling and discomfort.
Types of Tooth Extractions
Depending on the condition of your teeth, extraction is performed in two ways – simple tooth extraction or surgical tooth extraction.
- Simple tooth extraction – In simple tooth extraction, teeth are usually visible and can be easily accessed while using local anesthesia. Elevators and forceps are used to grab the visible portion of a tooth to expand the hole where the tooth is lodged. Once the hole is widened adequately, the tooth can be easily removed.
- Surgical tooth extraction – Surgical removal of teeth is more complex and is performed when teeth cannot be easily accessed because either they have only partially erupted or have broken down underneath the gum line. After adequate local anesthesia, the soft tissue of the gums is cut to reach the teeth and then a special drill is used to remove the adjacent bone tissue. To make the removal process easier, the tooth may need to be split into pieces.
Alternatives to Tooth Extraction
At Gentle Dental, our dentists will carefully examine the condition of any tooth in question and will suggest the most appropriate treatment for you. If the tooth can be restored with a dental restoration or a root canal treatment, we will most definitely encourage a treatment that will save your natural tooth. We will also advise you when we believe that extracting a tooth is in the best interest of your oral health. Once extracted, we will provide you with tooth replacement options to consider, including dental implants, dental bridges and dentures.
For more information about general tooth extraction and wisdom tooth extraction, or to schedule an appointment, call us at 718-461-0100 or fill out the contact form on our site and we will get back to you.
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Our office is easily accessible to residents in need of tooth extraction in Bayside, Flushing, Whitestone, Fresh Meadows, College Point and other areas in Queens, NY.