Irina Yesina, DDS
General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Brooklyn, NY
Getting a tooth pulled isn’t fun, but occasionally an extraction is required to prevent further health complications. For expert extractions, trust Irina Yesina, DDS, in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Yesina and her team are here for you when you're in need of tooth extraction. Call the office in Prospect Lefferts Gardens or book a consultation online.
Tooth Extraction Q & A
Why would my tooth need to be removed?
Even though permanent teeth are made to last your lifetime, it doesn't always happen. For instance, a tooth may need to be extracted because it's too cracked or chipped to repair. Trauma, decay, and lifestyle can all lead to needing a tooth pulled.
Extractions may be necessary for other reasons, including:
- Risk of infection from an unsuccessful root canal
- Risk of infection during an organ transplant or chemotherapy
- Severe gum (periodontal) disease
- Extra or crowded teeth
- No room for wisdom teeth (third molars)
What is the procedure for extraction?
There are two types of extraction procedures: a simple extraction and a surgical extraction. A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that is visible in your mouth. In a simple extraction, the tooth is loosened with a small tool called an elevator, then taken out with dental forceps.
A surgical extraction can be more invasive. The tooth may not have come through the surface of your gums, as is common with wisdom teeth, or it may have broken off at your gum line. In these cases, Dr. Yesina makes a small incision in your gum to remove the tooth. It may be necessary to remove some of the bone around your tooth as well so it can be thoroughly extracted.
Dr. Yesina gives you an injection (a local anesthetic) to numb your mouth before a simple extraction or surgical extraction, so you shouldn't feel any pain. If you’re having several teeth extracted at once, as is routine with wisdom teeth extraction, Dr. Yesina may give you a general anesthetic so you don’t feel pain and you sleep through the entire procedure.
How long does it take to heal from a tooth extraction?
Based on how many teeth you had taken out and your individual condition, healing usually takes one or two weeks. In the spaces where your teeth used to be, new gum tissue and bone grow. You may experience pain and discomfort or difficulty chewing as you heal, but this will depend on the amount of dental work you have.
Since each situation is different, it’s best to contact Dr. Yesina to book a consultation so you can discover your options and any necessary follow-up procedures like crowns or dental implants.
Contact Dr. Yesina by phone or make an appointment online using the booking tool.