Restore the Health of Your Smile with a Tooth Extraction

A tooth extraction is generally considered the last resort by dentists. However, when a tooth becomes too damaged or decayed, an extraction may be the only option for maintaining the health of your smile. At Torrado Dental in Rochester, NY, we provide safe, virtually painless tooth extractions. Drs. Eduardo Torrado, David Attardi, and Andrianna Shumova can also perform wisdom tooth removal to extract third molars when they do not erupt properly. After the extraction, our team can restore your smile with an implant-supported dental crown or a traditional dental bridge

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Although saving a natural tooth is always preferable, in some cases, an extraction is necessary to protect your oral health.

When an Extract Is Best

There are a variety of reasons why Dr. Torrado, Attardi, or Shumova may recommend an extraction, including:

  • Damage or decay which is beyond repair
  • Overcrowding or in preparation for orthodontic treatment
  • Infection that cannot be treated with root canal therapy
  • Risk of infection due to a compromised immune system 
  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Stubborn baby teeth which do not fall out

Extractions are also necessary when teeth become impacted, or stuck below the gums. This condition is common with wisdom teeth, and can cause issues with your bite, infections, and other oral health concerns. 

What to Expect during an Extraction

Before beginning, your doctor will numb the area around the affected tooth using a local anesthetic. If you need more than one tooth removed or are nervous about the procedure, you can discuss your sedation options with our team. We are committed to maintaining your comfort at all stages of treatment at our office.

Our doctors use effective local anesthesia and offer sedation to ensure your complete comfort throughout treatment.

Once you are comfortable, your dentist will grasp the tooth using forceps and gently rock it back and forth. This motion loosens the tooth from the ligaments which hold it in place. In some cases, your dentist will need to remove tissue from around the tooth or remove the tooth in pieces. Once the extraction is complete, a blood clot should form in the socket. However, your dentist may need to place a few sutures to close the gums and promote healing.

After the Procedure

Tooth extractions are outpatient procedures, so you can expect to return home the same day. After an extraction, it typically takes a few days to recover. You should carefully follow your dentist’s instructions during the recovery process to minimize discomfort, reduce the possibility of infection, and speed your recovery. As you recover, you should:

  • Take all medications as prescribed
  • Bite on a gauze pad to reduce bleeding
  • Use cold packs to minimize swelling
  • Avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully and using a straw for at least 24 hours
  • Eat soft foods, such as yogurt, soup, and ice cream

It is also important to maintain proper oral hygiene during the healing process to reduce the chance of infection. Your dentist can give you specific instructions during your appointment.

Protect Your Oral Health

When a tooth is damaged beyond repair, an extraction can restore the health of your smile. At Torrado Dental, we offer a variety of tooth replacement options, including dental implants, for a fully functional smile. For more information about our services, contact our office online or call (585) 442-1900 today to speak to a member of our caring team.