Bar and Smith Dental

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Upper East Side & Kips Bay, New York, NY

While permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, sometimes they need to be extracted due to trauma, decay, or an overcrowded mouth. At Bar and Smith Dental in Kips Bay and the Upper East Side of New York City, Isaac Bar, DMD, and Tyler Smith, DMD, perform teeth extractions on people of all ages. Their conservative approach to dentistry makes it so they only pull a tooth as a last resort. To learn more, call the office, or schedule your appointment online.

Extractions Q & A

Why does my tooth need extracting?

Whether you’re a child or an adult, the dentists at Bar and Smith Dental do everything they can to save your natural teeth as they’re meant to last a lifetime. However, sometimes it’s necessary to pull your tooth if decay, cracks, or trauma greatly damage it.

Advanced gum disease is another reason to extract your natural teeth because it can cause your teeth to loosen or fall out. If a lot of your teeth fall out, the dental staff may need to extract your remaining unhealthy teeth to fit a partial or full denture.

Lastly, the dental team may extract your wisdom teeth if they can’t break through your gum line due to there not being enough room in your mouth.

What’s the most common type of tooth extraction?

The removal of wisdom teeth is the most common type of extraction. Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars in the back of your mouth. They typically don’t have enough room to grow properly, which causes them to grow in crooked or sideways. Because of this, they can cause problems, such as:

  • Increase the risk of gum disease
  • Damage to other teeth
  • Jaw pain and tenderness
  • Shift other teeth out of alignment
  • Infection

Because you may have impacted wisdom teeth underneath your gum line, it’s important to have dental checkups at Bar and Smith Dental at least twice a year where the dental staff can perform digital X-rays and monitor their growth.

What can I expect during tooth extractions?

The first step in extracting a tooth involves your dentist taking digital X-rays of the area to plan the best way to remove the tooth. Once your dentist has a plan of action, they begin by injecting the extraction site with a local anesthetic to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure.

Then, your dentist typically makes a tiny incision in your gum tissue to reach your tooth and slowly loosens it from your jawbone using a variety of tools. Once your tooth is out of its socket, the dentist places gauze into your socket and tells you to bite down on it to stop the bleeding. For a typical extraction, the procedure takes about 20-40 minutes from beginning to end.

If the extracted tooth or teeth are not wisdom teeth, you’ll want to replace it with a dental implant or bridge to maintain your oral health.

To understand more about why you’d need tooth extractions, call Bar and Smith Dental today, or schedule your appointment online.