Dental extractions are usually a last resort measure when a tooth can’t be saved for a variety of reasons. In most cases, we will remove a tooth that is badly decayed and is beyond repair with fillings, root canals or other treatments. Extraction may also be appropriate after a blow to the face which results in the dislodging of one or more teeth.
Here at Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS, we will always do everything we can to save your natural teeth, but in some instances, extraction is the only viable option.
Reasons for Dental Extractions
As we mentioned, there are several reasons why we may need to remove one or more of your teeth including:
What to Expect During Extractions
Receiving the news that you need to have an extraction can be concerning, but we will give you as much information as we can to make you feel at ease. The first thing to know is that you will be under some form of sedation, which will keep you relaxed and comfortable during the surgery.
We will give you detailed instructions that you must follow to prepare for the procedure and also tell you what you need to do after you leave our office after surgery. It is critical that you follow all these tips precisely to help you heal and return to your daily activities quickly.
You should wear comfortable clothes for this in-office procedure and preferably short sleeves to make it easier to insert the IV if you are going to sleep during surgery. It is imperative that you don’t eat or drink anything after midnight the day before the surgery and you bring a responsible adult that can stay at the office during the procedure and drive you safely home afterward.
When you arrive, we will go over the surgery once again, and our dentist will administer the anesthesia of your choice so he can start the procedure. The length of the operation will depend on how many teeth we pull and if they are impacted or not. For wisdom teeth, we usually allow about two hours.
Recovering from Extractions
Once the surgery is completed the length of time it takes to recover from the surgery will depend on the individual and the procedure. If we only extracted one tooth, you should be back to normal in about a week or so. For multiple teeth, it could take longer.
It is essential you take it easy in the days following the surgery to allow the blood clot to form on the site and start the healing process. If that clot becomes dislodged, you will set your recovery back. Once the worst passes, you can slowly begin to resume your normal activities.
If you have any concerns about dental extractions, please call Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS at (845) 429-8060 for more information.
Michael Bleyzer, DDS
14 Thiells Mt. Ivy Road
Pomona, NY 10970-3038
Right off of Exit 13 Palisades Parkway
Additional hours may be available by appointment
Serving entire Rockland County New York: Pomona, Suffern, Valley Cottage, New City, Congers, North Rockland Towns of Thiells, Stony Point, Garnerville, Haverstraw and West Haverstraw, and Tomkins Cove.