Everyone wants strong teeth, a gorgeous smile, and healthy mouth. When it comes to dental care, most people tend to think about effective brushing, flossing, and cleanings twice a year. Let’s face it: Most people do not want to know the truth about tooth extraction, but when you know the facts, you will be better equipped to make decisions about your oral health. Dr. Steven Novick has served the Franklin Square, NY, area for more than 20 years and knows exactly how to approach special dental care needs and answer questions so you know what exactly what to expect before, during, and after your procedure.
Why Do I Need to Have a Tooth Extraction?
There are a variety of reasons why you may need to have teeth extracted including tooth decay, injury, wisdom teeth removal, extractions in preparation for braces, or an infection. Dr. Novick can evaluate your dental anatomy, medical history, take needed x-rays, and, depending upon your specific needs, recommend additional steps if an extraction is necessary.
What Happens During My Tooth Extraction?
Extractions tend to be outpatient procedures. If you are receiving a simple tooth extraction, you will be given local anesthesia to prevent pain. The dentist will use specific tools to both raise and remove the affected tooth, and you may feel pressure around the tooth area. If you feel discomfort, communicate this to the dentist.
If your procedure requires surgical care, Dr. Novick will determine which kind of anesthesia is suitable: intravenous, local, or general methods. The tooth or teeth will be removed through a surgical procedure, and care will be taken to ensure the process is as minimally invasive as possible.
How Do I Take Care of Myself After the Tooth Extraction?
Dr. Novick and his team will provide you with details about how to care for your mouth, teeth, and gums following your procedure. For instance:
- You will receive gauze from the dentist. Follow instructions for using and replacing it as you recover.
- Use an ice pack in 10-minute intervals, alternating sides if necessary, to reduce swelling.
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to continue the healing process.
- Eat soft foods for a few days following your procedure.
- If you are prescribed medication following your procedure, be sure to take it as directed.
Pay close attention to the directions you receive and follow the prescribed post-operative care and instructions. If you have questions about what to expect following the procedure, ask our helpful staff.
What Happens Next?
As a general rule, wait at least 24 hours before resuming normal routines. Tooth extraction is a significant medical procedure, and it is important to allow your mouth and body to rest and recover fully before returning to a typical schedule. Dr. Novick will make recommendations specific to each patient about resuming daily activities.
Now that you are equipped with the facts about tooth extraction, Dr. Novick can consult with you to help determine whether tooth extraction is necessary for you to maintain or enhance your oral health. You can contact our office with questions about the tooth extraction process or to schedule your procedure at (516) 481-1446. Our office is located at 660 Dogwood Avenue, Franklin Square, NY, 11010. We look forward to seeing you in the office and helping you take your next step in your dental health journey.SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT