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Union Square Dental

General Dentists & Family Dentists located in Flatiron, New York, NY

Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems may result in the need for an extraction. The expert dentists at Union Square Dental in the Flatiron District of New York City regularly perform tooth extractions using safe, effective means. If you or a loved one is suffering from a toothache, request an appointment at Union Square Dental by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.

Extractions Q & A

What is tooth extraction?

An extraction is a minor oral surgery designed to remove a badly decaying or damaged tooth.  Many teenagers and adults undergo wisdom teeth extractions, but there are other reasons you might benefit, including overcrowding and to stop the infection. 

At Union Square Dental, the team performs tooth extractions on-site as an outpatient procedure. To ensure your comfort, the team administers local anesthesia before the start of your procedure. 

How do I prepare for a tooth extraction?

Before scheduling an extraction, your Union Square Dental provider performs an oral exam and takes a series of X-rays to get a closer look at your tooth roots and jawbone. During your initial consultation, make sure to let your dentist know about any prescription medications, vitamins, or supplements you take. You should also let your dentist know if you have a serious health problem, like:

  • Kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Liver disease

Prior to an extraction, your dentist might also prescribe antibiotics. On the day of your appointment, you’ll also need a friend or family member to drive you home. 

What happens during a tooth extraction?

On the day of your extraction, your dentist administers a local anesthetic to numb your tooth roots and gums. After the anesthesia sets in, your dentist carefully removes your affected tooth using a pair of dental forceps. 

For impacted teeth (teeth that haven’t yet broken through your gumline), your dentist makes a small incision along your gums. Next, your dentist carefully removes the bone surrounding your tooth. After removing the bone, your dentist removes your tooth piece by piece using forceps. 

What is recovery like following an extraction?

Following your extraction, it usually takes a few days to recover. In the first 24-48 hours after your extraction, you might experience swelling, bleeding, and general discomfort. Make sure to follow your dentist’s instructions and take your medication as prescribed. To ease swelling, you can also apply an ice pack or bag of frozen vegetables to your cheek. You should also avoid smoking or rinsing your mouth for at least 24 hours. 

Don’t let a toothache or other similar problem prevent you from eating, chewing, and smiling confidently. If you suspect you need an extraction, request an appointment at Union Square Dental by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.