The Process of Tooth Extraction
For patients suffering from irreparably broken, decayed, or damaged teeth, extraction can provide much-needed relief from pain and discomfort. Dr. John S. McIntyre in Brooklyn, NY, will always try to save a tooth whenever possible, but if extraction becomes necessary, he can provide you with a customized treatment option that fits your needs. With his conservative and effective approach to tooth extraction, Dr. McIntyre can minimize any discomfort during both simple and complex procedures. He can also surgically insert a dental implant to replace the tooth roots, providing a stable anchor for a restoration and preventing bone atrophy at the extraction site.
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
There are several instances in which Dr. McIntyre may recommend tooth extraction, including:
- Overcrowded teeth
- Broken teeth
- Infected teeth or teeth that have the potential to become infected
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Teeth that are damaged from trauma
- Decayed teeth
It is important to extract problem teeth in a timely fashion to avoid more severe complications.
What Happens during Tooth Extraction?
|Oral Examination||Simple Extraction||Anti-Inflammatory Medication|
|X-Ray||Surgical Extraction||At-Home Instruction Kit|
|Diet / At-Home Oral Healthcare||Antibiotics (as needed)|
Before the procedure, Dr. McIntyre will perform an oral examination and may request an x-ray to determine the best treatment. This can help him determine the best removal strategy. In order to ensure the success of your procedure, Dr. McIntyre will provide preparatory instructions regarding your diet and and at-home oral healthcare routine. On the day of extraction, Dr. McIntyre will administer a local anesthetic and sedation if necessary. To ensure comfort, he may place a rubber bite blocker into the patient's mouth for extra support. As each extraction procedure is unique, the doctor will personalize your treatment to fit your needs.
For patients suffering from irreparably broken, decayed, or damaged teeth, extraction can provide much-needed relief from pain and discomfort.
There are two types of tooth extraction:
- Simple Extraction: During simple extraction, the doctor will use an instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth from the gum line. He will then use forceps to gently remove the tooth.
- Surgical Extraction: During surgical extraction, the doctor will start by making a small incision in the gum. Depending upon the patient's needs, Dr. McIntyre may remove the tooth in full or in pieces for easier extraction. Dr. McIntyre will carefully survey the area to make sure that all tissue has been properly removed, and then he will close the incision with sutures.
Once the procedure is finished, the doctor may recommend anti-inflammatory medication to keep you pain-free or prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection. He will provide you with an at-home instruction kit detailing proper care methods. For the best results, patients should keep the area clean, rinse with warm salt water as directed, and maintain good oral hygiene. If applicable, Dr. McIntyre may refer you to a local prosthodontist who can provide a dental crown, bridge, or dentures.
Contact Us For a Consultation
With over 30 years of experience as an oral surgeon, Dr. McIntyre specializes in precision and quality. If you are suffering because of overcrowded teeth, tooth decay, or impacted wisdom teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. McIntyre by calling us at (718) 638-2200 or filling out our online form.