Dr. Michael J. Wei, DDS, PC
Manhattan Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael J. Wei is a top dentist specializing in general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry including smile makeovers, invisalign braces, dental implants and more.

What Patients Should Know About Tooth Extractions

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If one of your teeth is very damaged or decayed, your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction procedure. By pulling out the affected tooth, your dentist can restore your smile to perfect health. When you schedule a tooth extraction with your dentist, it is important to gather information about what to expect from your procedure. Let’s take a look at what all patients need to know about tooth extractions.

Reasons for Tooth Extractions
There are a few reasons why your dentist may suggest a tooth extraction. If your smile has become overcrowded with teeth, a dental extraction may be necessary prior to orthodontic procedures. Tooth extractions are also sometimes necessary for teeth that have developed severe infections or abscesses. In the advanced stages of gum disease, it may also be necessary to extract teeth from infected gum tissues.

Preparations for Tooth Extractions
Before your tooth extraction procedure, you will need to know what to expect during the day of your appointment. Typically, tooth extractions are performed under general anesthetic, which is used to completely numb the extraction site. Using special tools, your dentist will gently and safely loosen your tooth from its roots and pull it out of your jaw. Next, the extraction site will be gently filled with gauze to prevent bleeding.

After Care Techniques for Tooth Extractions
While your extraction procedure will typically be completed in a single procedure, the recovery process may take a several days or weeks. After your tooth has been extracted, it is important to keep the extraction site clean. You may also need to use oral painkillers or ice packs to reduce swelling, pain, and inflammation.

At Smiles by Dr. Wei, we are pleased to be a top rated cosmetic dentist in Manhattan . Whether you are looking for a total smile makeover, or you are in need of a safe and gentle tooth extraction, our dental team will be happy to assist you. To book an appointment at our friendly dental office, give us a call at (212) 982-4080.

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