Dr. Gary Herskovits may recommend tooth extractions for patients with overcrowded, impacted, or severely damaged teeth that cannot be repaired with restorative treatment. Depending on your specific needs, our team can perform a simple or complex extraction surgery at our Brooklyn, NY, practice with minimal swelling, bleeding, and downtime. At Brooklyn Smile, we will always do our best to try and save your tooth with restorative procedures, such as root canal therapy, dental fillings, or dental crowns. However, when treatment has been unsuccessful and the tooth is beyond repair, a tooth extraction can help protect your oral health and prevent further damage.
Do You Need a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction may be recommended for a variety of reasons, including:
- Extensive tooth decay
- Partially or fully impacted teeth
- A broken or severely damaged tooth
- A baby tooth preventing the growth of permanent teeth
- Infected and impacted wisdom teeth
- Overcrowded teeth
- Severe dental misalignment
Types of Extractions Performed
During your initial consultation, Dr. Herskovits may request x-rays and advanced 3-D images of your teeth, gums, and jaw to examine the structure of your smile. These scans will help him determine the extent of damage and create a treatment plan for your needs.
If an extraction is necessary, he can provide a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding tissue. At Brooklyn Smile, we also offer sedation, including nitrous oxide and oral sedation, to help calm your nerves and make treatment as comfortable as possible. Depending upon the position of the tooth, he will then perform one of two types of extractions.
This type of extraction is performed for teeth above the gum line. During this procedure, Dr. Herskovits will loosen the tooth by expanding the root socket with a dental instrument known as an elevator. Once loose, he can gently rock the tooth back and forth using forceps and lift it from the socket. After removal, Dr. Herskovits can immediately apply pressure to minimize bleeding, close the gap with dissolvable sutures, and pack the area with gauze.
For teeth that are fully or partially impacted, Dr. Herskovits may perform a complex, or surgical extraction. He will first make an incision and then remove any soft or hard tissue resting above the tooth. Next, he will gently loosen the tooth and remove it from the socket. He may remove the tooth in pieces to protect surrounding tissue. Once the tooth is removed, Dr. Herskovits can place dissolvable sutures and pack the extraction site with gauze to reduce bleeding.
What to Expect During Recovery
The length of the procedure will depend on the type of extraction performed. However, in most cases, extraction should take about one to two hours. If you receive anesthesia, you should have a friend or loved one drive you to and from the procedure. Before leaving, Dr. Herskovits can provide you with at-home care instructions to encourage recovery.
At Brooklyn Smile, we can help you achieve a successful tooth extraction so that you can maintain good oral health.
You may experience some swelling, soreness, and bleeding for the first 24 hours. However, any discomfort can be managed with ice packs and over-the-counter pain medication. We also recommend resting and maintaining a soft foods diet for the first 48 hours to help you achieve a smooth recovery.
Schedule Your Consultation
At Brooklyn Smile, we can help you achieve a successful tooth extraction so that you can maintain good oral health. If you think you may be a candidate for treatment, contact us online or call us at (718) 745-3456 to schedule your consultation.