About Tooth Extractions
If a tooth is causing extreme pain, discomfort, or infection, the tooth may be damaged beyond repair and require an extraction. A patient experiencing any oral pain should schedule a consultation and exam with general and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Victoria Veytsman, at her Midtown East office, Cosmetic Dental Studios, as soon as possible. Dr. Veytsman will be able to assess the patient's situation and perform a tooth extraction if needed. Dr. Veytsman will discuss the patient's options, including a simple or surgical extraction before proceeding with the procedure. A simple extraction is an easy process and is performed if the tooth is visible. Surgical tooth removal is a more extensive procedure and is used if the tooth that needs to be extracted is not fully visible above the gum line.
"I've been seeing Dr. Veytsman for about 8 years now - twice per year - and I have not had any issues with my teeth during that time. She does a thorough exam, keeps them clean, makes great maintenance recommendations, is very professional and at the same time, warm and gracious. Her assistant is lovely as well. I highly recommend Dr. Veytsman!"- V.K. / Yelp / Jul 26, 2018
"What a memorable experience which is usually not the case when I visit a dentist. A contemporary, clean, inviting setting and a happy, warm, efficient and professional team servicing you. What more can any patient ask for- nothing!"- L.L. / Yelp / Dec 14, 2018
"Dr. Veytsman and her assistant Jessica are a phenomenal team. They were both patient and extraordinarily helpful as we worked to figure out a plan that was best for me. I cannot recommend this practice highly enough!"- C.W. / Yelp / Dec 10, 2018
"Full Smile Makeover - Wonderful experience. Had old crowns replaced and new veneers put in on both top and bottom. Really feel 15 years younger. Very happy with the experience and decision. Doctor and staff top notch and always available. Stellar results, highly recommend."- D. / RealSelf / Oct 16, 2018
"New smile - I don't know where to start. As a young professional new to Manhattan finding a dentist was a concern. Realizing the difference a nice smile makes in the business world was what pushed me to search for someone to do my veneers I never was one to fear the dentist, but there were definitely visits to the family dentist back home where I could feel a needle or the Dr. hit a sensitive spot. Dr...."- H. / RealSelf / Oct 16, 2018
What to Expect
Depending on whether Dr. Veytsman performs a simple or surgical tooth extraction, the technique and experience will differ. In either case, there will be a thorough examination prior to extraction when digital X-rays will be taken to determine the type of extraction needed. In addition, the patient is usually offered a form of sedation to help the patient feel comfortable and at ease during the procedure. It’s advised that the patient not eat or drink anything for 6 – 8 hours before the surgery. If a patient experiences nausea or vomiting before the extraction, they will need to call Dr. Veytsman's office to possibly reschedule and avoid health complications. Smoking on the day of surgery is prohibited because of the risks and complications it can pose in the healing process.
With a simple extraction, Dr. Veytsman will give the patient a local anesthetic to alleviate any pain. Dr. Veytsman will then use a pair of forceps to grip the impacted tooth and loosen it from the jawbones and the ligaments which hold it in place. The socket that holds the tooth must be widened and enlarged to separate the tooth from the ligaments. A device called a dental elevator, a screwdriver-like tool, is placed between the tooth and gum to make it easier to remove the tooth by expanding the socket.
Wisdom teeth or any teeth not visible above the gum line, such as severely broken teeth or teeth with long, curved roots, require a more complex surgical extraction. General anesthesia is often used on the patient prior to procedure. To obtain access to the impacted tooth, Dr. Veytsman may need to cut through bone, gums, and tissue. Sometimes, she will need to cut the tooth in pieces in order to fully remove it.
After either type of extraction, a blood clot will usually form in the socket of the removed tooth. After a simple extraction, Dr. Veytsman will pack the area with gauze and have the patient bite down in order to stop bleeding. With surgical extraction, Dr. Veytsman will stitch the area and then place the gauze pads. After extraction, the patient should refrain from unnecessary eating, drinking, or talking for at least 2 hours. After the bleeding has stopped, the patient should drink plenty of cold or lukewarm fluids.
On the first day after the extraction, only soft foods should be eaten and the patient shouldn’t brush or rinse their teeth for 12 hours following the extraction. When brushing is resumed, the extraction area should be avoided with the toothbrush, but the area can be gently rinsed with salt water. The patient also shouldn’t spit forcefully, which may dislodge the blood clot. The healing process usually starts about 1 – 2 weeks following the tooth extraction. This is the time when new gum tissue and bone will fill in the gap where the tooth or teeth have been removed. After about 3 – 4 weeks, the gums should be fully healed. Complete healing of the entire mouth can take up to 6 months, but it varies from person to person.
There are several factors that determine how much a tooth extraction will cost, such as the type of extraction, the difficulty of removing the tooth, and how many teeth will be extracted. During the patient’s consultation, Dr. Veytsman will provide a breakdown of pricing. Our front office can also check with the patient’s insurance carrier since many dental insurance plans will pay up to 80% of the cost, if the surgery is a medical necessity.
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If you think that you could benefit from a tooth extraction, we would be more than happy to assist you. Give our friendly staff a call today, so we can schedule your consultation with Dr. Veytsman at her Midtown East office immediately. During your consultation, Dr. Veytsman can give you all of the information you need about tooth extraction to help you make an informed decision.