What Are Tooth Extractions?
Even though we always make every attempt to save and maintain your natural teeth, there are instances where a tooth or teeth may have to be extracted. A simple extraction removes a tooth that's visible over the gums. This is normally performed when one of our Suffolk County, Smithtown, or Stony Brook, NY patients has a tooth that's decayed or damaged beyond repair. A surgical extraction takes out a tooth that has not erupted above the gumline. Surgical extractions are commonly performed to take out impacted teeth, like the wisdom teeth, that do not have sufficient room to fit into your smile. Whatever the reason for getting a tooth extraction in NowDental of Suffolk, our team will treat you with the best care. Our office offers multiple sedation techniques to help you stay comfortable and calm during your treatment. Contact our Smithtown, NY office to learn more or to schedule an assessment with one of our dentists to boost your oral health.
Tooth Extractions Reviews
"Felt compelled to post a positive review in comparison to the complaints regarding oral surgery, which is not the greater part of the general services offered at Now Dental.But in regards to oral surgery first, I had my wisdom teeth pulled by Dr. Herman. While he had a rather blunt disposition and approach, he completed the tooth removal in perhaps under two minutes and no complications were had. I have had a wisdom tooth removal elsewhere which was botched and the performance at Now Dental was superior in every aspect.As far as the rest of it, absolute perfection. From the receptionists, to the hygienists, to the dentists themselves, the office is filled with nothing but bright personalities and complete professionalism. I never dislike going to the dentist now, I practically feel like I am treated like a celebrity with the kinds of attitudes I come across there.In regards to the actual work, no complaints.. fillings, crowns, root canals, all performed well with no complications and the appearance of the work is top notch.I especially appreciate Dr. Francis, who really turned my oral health around when I visited for the first time many years ago. I live an hour away and I would still visit this office even if it were three hours away... if you are in Suffolk and seeking a new dentist, I cannot recommend them enough."- J.D. / Yelp / Jan 29, 2015
"Good folks, including Dr. Herman. Not sure what the other person is talking about. He removed a wisdom tooth and one other. Both times, not only professional, but very astute and attentive. He knows his work/dentistry. Do you want the guy who has been doing this a long time and knows the ins and outs, or some newbie who is rays of sunshine? I’ll go with the expertise every time. Additionally: I’ve seen two dentists here and both are excellent. They have fixed poorly done work from other places that ended up becoming problems. Plus, they do not push work that doesn’t need to be done.... something that I appreciate. Whole family goes here."- B.G. / Yelp / May 06, 2016
"Absolutely amazing… had to go in for an emergency tooth extraction. From booking the appointment to checking out just absolutely great.. All the staff are awesome.. Thanks!!!"- M.G. / Google / Aug 24, 2021
"Went in for tooth extraction by Dr. Herman. Whole staff was super nice and friendly. Especially Korine. She was informative and caring. I didn’t wait long. With the way my tooth was set up, I thought it was going to take long. I asked if it was going to be difficult and he told me (jokingly) “shhh” and got started. He finished extracting the tooth in like one minute! Very impressive. I came home, took a nap and woke up feeling good! Didn’t even need pain meds. As a new patient, I was in and out in approximately 75 minutes. Much faster than expected. I would recommend this office to anyone."- T.K. / Google / Jan 24, 2021
"Went in for tooth extraction by Dr. Herman. Whole staff was super nice and friendly. Especially Korine. She was informative and caring. I didn’t wait long. With the way my tooth was set up, I thought it was going to take long. I asked if it was going to be difficult and he told me (jokingly) “shhh” and got started. He finished extracting the tooth in like one minute! Very impressive. I came home, took a nap and woke up feeling good! Didn’t even need pain meds. As a new patient, I was in and out in approximately 75 minutes. Much faster than expected. I would recommend this office to anyone."- T. / Google / Mar 12, 2020
Do I Need to Have a Tooth Extracted?
If your tooth has been damaged or broken from decay, we will make every attempt to fix it with a crown, dental bonding, or a filling. However, a tooth may be too damaged and will have to be extracted to prevent the damage from spreading — and to conserve the health of your remaining teeth. You might also need a simple or surgical extraction to remove teeth that cannot fit in your mouth. This includes your third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth, which grow in around age 17 – 21. In older kids, baby teeth that have not naturally fallen out may need to be extracted so that they don't obstruct the permanent teeth. If you're getting braces or contemplating Invisalign® clear aligners, you might need a simple extraction to make space for the remaining teeth when they move into their proper place.
What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?
Extractions are done in our office using local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth being worked on. Different forms of sedation may be used based on the extent of the extraction and to help keep you relaxed if you have any dental worries. Once you are prepared, we will start the procedure. For a simple extraction, we will loosen the tooth with a special device known as an elevator prior to removal. A surgical extraction entails making incisions in your gums to reach the tooth. If needed, the tooth may be broken into smaller pieces so it can be removed. When the tooth has been removed, we will suture the incision in your gums. Someone from our team can write a prescription for antibiotics that may need to be taken prior to and/or after the procedure in case you have a current infection, if your immune system is weak, if the process is lengthy, or if you have other specific medical problems.
What is the Recovery Process for A Tooth Extraction?
Depending upon the sedation used throughout your extraction, you may need to have a friend or family member drive you home. As your mouth heals, you should avoid using straws, smoking, and spitting. Your recovery process will vary based on the complexity of your extraction, but most patients prefer to eat soft, room-temperature food for the first few days following the extraction. We will talk to you about what to expect as you recover and the best ways to take care of your gums. Your gums will be inflamed after the extraction so we typically recommend over-the-counter pain medicine and cold compresses. In some cases, we can give you a written prescription for pain medication and/or antibiotics. Along with any proposed follow-up visits, you should schedule appointments at NowDental of Suffolk for dental examinations and cleanings so we can track your health following an extraction.
Will Insurance Pay for My Tooth Extraction?
An extraction is generally covered by dental insurance, but your sedation method may not be fully covered. Prior to your extraction, we will call your insurance provider to find out your particular coverage and estimate your personal costs. If you don't have dental insurance, then we can talk to you about the numerous payments we accept along with information about medical financing.
Tooth Extraction for Better Oral Health
If you have a tooth that's damaged or if your mouth does not have room for a new tooth, a tooth extraction at NowDental of Suffolk may help improve your smile and oral health. Schedule a consultation with one of our dentists at our office in Smithtown, NY to learn more about simple and surgical tooth extractions. If you have dental worries or fears, inquire about sedation choices to help keep you relaxed and calm during your process.