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What to Expect from a Tooth Extraction Procedure

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When endodontics cannot be performed to save a tooth, what comes next is a dental extraction procedure, generally.

Ideally, our permanent teeth should last throughout our entire adult life. But things don’t always go to plan. Whether due to trauma, disease, decay, or overcrowding, it is sometimes necessary to remove a tooth.

When you are facing a tooth extraction procedure, you may have questions about what to expect. We have written this brief guide to help you understand what to expect from a tooth extraction procedure.

Getting the Best Care: General Dentist or Oral Surgeon?

Depending on the underlying cause for your tooth extraction, your tooth extraction can be performed either at a general dentist’s office or by an oral surgeon, if the case is more complex. Either way, the dentist performing the extraction will conduct a thorough examination, including x-rays, prior to the procedure.

Follow all Pre-Appointment Instructions

If your dentist determines that you should be on antibiotics, make sure you get your prescription filled right away. It is vitally important to your health and safety that you take your antibiotics according to your dentist’s instructions.

In order to prevent any nausea or vomiting, please do not eat or drink for 6-8 hours prior to your appointment.

Also, be sure to make arrangements for transportation both to and from your appointment.

Pain Management Options

For a simple extraction performed by a general dentist, it is often sufficient to use the same pain management techniques offered during other dental procedures, such as getting a crown or having a cavity filled. Once in the chair, your dentist may offer you nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) to help you relax. The area around the tooth will be numbed by injecting a local anesthetic. This is commonly the most uncomfortable part of the patient’s experience.

More complicated extractions are usually performed by an oral surgeon with the patient under general anesthesia. This will prevent the patient from experiencing any pain or discomfort during the procedure.

To help you cope with any pre-appointment jitters, your dentist may be able to prescribe a mild sedative.

If you’re wondering whether or not your tooth can be saved or if you need a tooth extraction procedure, please do not hesitate to contact New York City Endodontics today. We’ll schedule your consultation and get your oral health back on track in no time.

A Quick Look At Endodontists And Dentists

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Taking care of your teeth is more than just a one-person job, which is why it’s great that there a wide variety of dental professionals with a vast range of specialties to give you the treatment you need when you need it. We know how important it is to make sure you have the right healthcare professional for you at NYC Endodontics, which is why we’re telling you everything you need to know about endodontists today.

What Is An Endodontist?

An endodontist is a dental who specializes in saving teeth, focussing primarily on helping you maintain your natural smile for a lifetime. They generally have an extra 2 years of education after traditional dental school.

Endodontists perform a variety of oral healthcare procedures like root canals and other internal tooth surgeries. They also focus on preserving your natural teeth for as long as possible, though they will consider all options when it comes to choosing the right course of care for you when push comes to shove.

How Is An Endodontist Different From A Dentist?

Here’s a fact: All endodontists are dentists, but less than 3% of all dentists are endodontists. To become an endodontist, a dental professional must take 2 years of extra schooling that focuses on saving patients’ natural teeth and caring for the tooth interior. This means that endodontists are highly trained and true experts at a certain set of situations and procedures, such as diagnosing tooth pain and performing root canals — even more so that traditional dentists.

Endodontists are specialists when it comes to the interior of your teeth, and can offer a higher level of insight and expertise in these matters than a normal dentist.

Is An Endodontist Right For Me?

Tooth pain is one of the most pressing reasons to see an endodontist. Since they’re experts at problems and procedures related to the interior health of your teeth, they’re perfectly suited to diagnose and treat many of the problems that cause serious tooth pain. Other symptoms that are a good sign you should call an endodontist are sensitive teeth, swelling around the teeth, gums, or face, and, of course, serious tooth injury.

Furthermore, your dentist may refer you to an endodontist for certain procedures, like root canals, related to the inside of your teeth.

To summarize, endodontists are highly-trained specialists who can both help preserve your natural smile and solve problems that occur on the inside your teeth.

If you’re worried about maintaining your natural smile, or worried that you might have problems brewing inside your teeth, you should call NYC Endodontics right away to set up an appointment with any of our dedicated professionals! We’ll help you keep your smile as perfect as it was always meant to be.