Your Yonkers dentist only pulls teeth when necessary. Wisdom tooth extraction and emergency tooth extraction are two examples. With sedation dentistry, you won’t feel any pain, although there may be some mild pain after tooth removal. In case of an emergency, we offer a same-day tooth extraction.
What You Need to Know About Tooth Extractions
Having a tooth pulled is an experience no one wants to go through, but unfortunately, many of us will need this procedure. Even though modern dentistry can achieve some truly amazing results, it’s not always possible to save a tooth that is too badly damaged or infected.
One thing you can be sure of is that your dentist will always try their best to preserve and protect natural teeth, and tooth extractions are always the last remaining option. Tooth extraction involves taking out the entire tooth from the jawbone, including the tooth root.
When your dentist performs a tooth extraction including same day tooth extraction, he removes the tooth from its socket below the gun line.
While there are many reasons for pulling a tooth — accident, injury, extensive decay or overcrowding — your dentist, open on Saturdays in the Yonkers, only pulls a tooth if it can’t be saved.
Common reasons for tooth extraction include:
- A tooth is damaged and cannot be repaired
- A loose tooth that shows no signs of healing
- Any infected tooth that can’t be healed
- Extra teeth present that prevents other teeth from coming in
- Severe malocclusion requiring some teeth to be removed to make more room
- Wisdom tooth extraction when teeth show signs of decay or are prone to infection
If you present any of these symptoms, you may need to undergo an emergency tooth extraction or a same-day tooth extraction. An untreated infection may be life-threatening, and all these conditions are painful. In some cases, we can accommodate walk-in teeth pulling.
Visit your general dentist who can perform the same day tooth extraction, and emergency tooth removal even on a weekend. The longer you wait, the worse your condition can get. Find a Saturday dentist or Sunday dentist if necessary. Don’t wait longer than you have to.
Tooth Extractions Can Be Straightforward or Surgical
Simple or straightforward extraction.
The next thing to consider is the type of tooth removal needed. If the tooth in question is visible in the mouth, it’s what’s known as a simple or straightforward extraction and is a treatment commonly carried out by general dentists. Simple extractions are typically done using a local anesthetic, and there is no need for additional sedation. The entire process is very quick and once the tooth is numb, is over in a matter of just a few minutes.
Surgical extractions are somewhat different, involving teeth that aren’t easily accessed in the mouth or which aren’t even visible. These teeth may have broken off at the gum line or have failed to erupt correctly. Surgical extractions can be performed by some dentists, but it’s possible your general dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon with more significant skills in removing teeth.
An oral surgeon will make sure the tooth is removed with minimal damage to the surrounding tissues, reducing any side effects such as swelling or bruising and aiding healing. Surgical extractions can be performed under local anesthetic, but nervous or anxious patients or children may feel more comfortable with sedation dentistry. When multiple teeth must be removed, general anesthesia might be appropriate.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction with Sedation Dentistry
If you’re having a wisdom tooth removal, you may need panoramic X-rays of your entire mouth before the sedation dentistry, a common practice for a same-day extraction.
Our dentists prescribe antibiotics before or after your surgery if:
- You show signs of infection.
- You have a weakened immune system.
- You expect to have a longer-than-usual surgery.
- You have a medical condition that needs monitoring.
Your dentist numbs your tooth and gums with a local anesthetic. You may get an intravenous (IV) anesthetic, which ranges from general anesthesia, which knocks you out, to sedation dentistry, which just relaxes you. In either case, even for same-day wisdom tooth extraction, you need to arrange a ride to get home. Don’t drink or eat anything six to eight hours prior to a sedation dentistry appointment for wisdom tooth extraction or emergency tooth removal.
Emergency Tooth Extraction
Unless you’re sedated, you may feel some pressure during your emergency tooth extraction. An emergency tooth extraction isn’t a painful procedure if you receive sufficient numbing. If you do feel some pain, let your Saturday dentist know and he may be able to apply more anesthetic.
Tooth extraction in an emergency is a process that typically takes well over an hour. Once it’s done, your jaw maybe a little e sore, but pain after tooth extractions is bearable; you can take over-the-counter painkillers. Then it’s just a matter of allowing enough time for tooth extraction healing to prevent a tooth extraction infection.
After the same day tooth extraction or emergency tooth removal, our qualified dentist will give you a prescription for antibiotics. You have to take the full dose for it to be effective.
Pain After Tooth Extractions
Pain after tooth extractions is common, so your dentist, open on Saturday and Sunday, often prescribes pain medication. But the pain is usually mild. If you’re careful not to develop a tooth extraction infection, your symptoms from the procedure are typically gone within a week.
If you have anxiety about a wisdom tooth extraction or same-day tooth extraction, let your dentist know right away. Various sedation dentistry techniques can reduce your anxiety significantly. Your dentist can address your anxiety during your exam when explaining your options.
What To Do If the Pain Continues?
In some very rare cases, the empty tooth socket can become infected, which can feel very painful. It’s a condition called a dry socket and is caused when the blood clot in the socket is dislodged, exposing the bone underneath, which subsequently becomes infected.
If your tooth socket does begin to feel increasingly painful, get in touch with your dentist. You will probably need another appointment for the dentist to clean out the socket thoroughly, and they can place a dressing over it to protect it. Sometimes, they may also prescribe a course of antibiotics to help eliminate the infection.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare: The First 24 Hours
Once your tooth extraction is complete, your dentist gives you important instructions for tooth extraction aftercare.
These instructions often tell you:
- What to do and what not to do during the first 24 hours after you’ve had a tooth pulled
- Your specific tooth extraction aftercare instructions for the days that follow
During the first 24 hours after emergency tooth removal, you need to control the bleeding, protect the blood clot that’s formed, take proper care of your teeth and gums and follow instructions to reduce the pain and swelling. You should also avoid physical activity, smoking, drinking through a straw or eating hard, crunchy foods.
You may experience some swelling and numbness after your procedure. Pain after tooth extractions is common, so expect some. All these conditions are temporary and disappear in a week or less. But take extra precautions, such as:
- Avoiding hot foods and beverages
- Not biting your lip or tongue while chewing
- Not chewing or biting the numbed areas inside your mouth
Your dentist, open on Saturday and Sunday for your convenience, schedules a follow-up appointment in about a week after an emergency tooth removal to check on your status.
Cleaning Your Mouth After the Same-Day Tooth Extraction
It is important to keep your mouth clean after you have a tooth removed, but you need to take care of the extraction site. Your dentist will go through with you on how to clean your mouth thoroughly after your surgery, and if needed, they may recommend using an antibacterial mouthwash to help keep your mouth clean.
After the first 24 hours and when the extraction site has started to heal, you may find it useful to use a warm salt water mouthwash by dissolving a teaspoon of salt in some warm water and gently swishing it around your mouth twice daily. The salt water can help to heal the area and to keep it clean.
Replacing a Tooth After Tooth Extraction
Unless the tooth in question is a wisdom tooth, you will need to think about how best to replace it sooner rather than later. Your dentist will almost certainly discuss possible options with you before they remove the tooth.
Whatever your choice, your dentist can also make sure you at least have a temporary tooth or some other form of restoration to use until the tooth is permanently restored. Sometimes, if you opt for implant treatment, the tooth can be removed and the implant inserted and restored all on the same day.
Do you have any questions about the tooth extraction (emergency, same-day extractions)? Would you like to schedule an appointment with the Yonkers dentist of Park Avenue Smiles? Please contact our dentistry center for a consultation with the tooth extraction specialist.