Dental extractions involve the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. This procedure is typically performed by our dentist in New York, NY, for reasons such as severe decay, advanced periodontal disease, impacted wisdom teeth, or to create space for orthodontic treatment.

While tooth extraction may seem daunting, it can alleviate pain, prevent infection from spreading, and preserve oral health by removing problematic teeth. Additionally, extractions pave the way for restorative treatments like dental implants or dentures, restoring both function and aesthetics to the smile.

Types of Dental Extractions 

Simple Extractions 

Simple extractions are performed on teeth visible in the mouth and easily accessed by the dentist. During a simple extraction, our dentist at L.E.S. Dental Group uses elevators and forceps to grasp the tooth and gently rock it back and forth until it loosens from the socket. Once sufficiently loosened, the tooth is lifted out of the socket. Simple extractions are typically performed under local anesthesia and have a relatively short recovery time. 

Surgical Extractions 

Surgical extractions are more complex procedures for teeth that are not easily accessible or that have not fully erupted from the gums. This often includes impacted wisdom teeth or teeth with extensive decay or damage.

During a surgical extraction, the dentist may need to make an incision in the gum tissue to access the tooth or remove the bone surrounding the tooth. The tooth may need to be sectioned into smaller pieces to facilitate removal. Surgical extractions may require sedation or general anesthesia, and the recovery time may be longer than for simple extractions. Contact us today to learn more!

Wisdom Teeth Extractions 

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last to emerge in the late teens or early twenties. Due to their late eruption and often limited space in the jaw, wisdom teeth can become impacted or cause crowding, pain, and infection.
Wisdom teeth extractions are procedures performed to remove one or more impacted or problematic wisdom teeth. This type of extraction may require a surgical approach, including bone removal and sutures, to ensure the safe and complete removal of the tooth.

What to Expect During and After Extraction 

Before and During the Extraction

  • Before the extraction begins, our dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth. If needed, sedation can also be used to help you relax during the procedure.
  • The dentist will gently loosen the tooth from its socket using specialized dental instruments. The tooth will be rocked back and forth for simple extractions until it's loose enough to be removed. In surgical extractions, an incision may be made in the gum tissue, and the tooth may be sectioned into smaller pieces for easier removal.
  • Once the tooth is sufficiently loosened, the dentist will use forceps to grasp it and carefully remove it from its socket. You may feel some pressure during this process, but due to the anesthesia, you should not experience pain. 
  • After removing the tooth, the dentist will place a piece of gauze over the extraction site to help control bleeding and promote blood clot formation. You'll be instructed to gently bite down on the gauze to maintain pressure on the extraction site. 

After the Extraction 

  • After the procedure, you'll be escorted to a recovery area where you can rest until the effects of the anesthesia wear off. If you've received sedation, having someone accompany you to your appointment is essential, as you may be tired or disoriented afterward. 
  • Our dentist will provide you with specific post-extraction instructions to follow at home. This may include guidelines for managing pain and swelling, caring for the extraction site, and dietary restrictions. 
  • It's normal to experience some pain, swelling, and minor bleeding in the hours following the extraction. Over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can help alleviate discomfort. Applying an ice pack to the affected area can also help reduce swelling. 
  • It's common to experience some oozing or bleeding from the extraction site for the first few hours after the procedure. You can control bleeding by gently biting on a gauze or a moist tea bag placed over the extraction site. Avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully, as this can dislodge the blood clot and prolong bleeding.
  • Stick to soft foods and liquids for the first 24 to 48 hours following the extraction to promote healing and prevent complications. Avoid hot, spicy, or crunchy foods that may irritate the extraction site. 
  • For the first few days after the extraction, it's essential to rest and avoid strenuous activities. You may need to take a day or two off work or school to allow your body to heal properly. 
  • Our dentist may schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor your healing progress and remove any stitches if necessary. Be sure to attend this appointment as expected to ensure optimal recovery. 

Dental extractions in New York, NY, are a standard and often necessary procedure performed to address various oral health issues and alleviate pain and discomfort. Visit L.E.S. Dental Group at 62 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10002, or call (212) 979-0990 to book your appointment and take the first step towards a healthier smile!


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