Category Archives: Impacted/Unerupted Teeth

Tooth Extractions in NYC

NYC Oral Surgeon

New York City Oral Surgery

New York City Oral Surgery

When you need tooth extractions in NYC, the best doctor to visit is Elliott Ostro, DMD. Dr. Ostro has his practice conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan, and is a board certified Oral Surgeon. His practice is limited to oral and maxillofacial surgery and implant dentistry. Our state-of-the-art office and equipment will help ensure that your procedure is performed with minimal discomfort and provide a successful outcome. Our patients receive the best oral medical care available, whether we are performing a simple tooth extraction or an advanced oral surgical procedure.

Tooth extractions in NYC, by Elliot Ostro DMD, can be performed for many reasons. Of course, the first and best option is to try and save the tooth. However, there are times when root canal therapy, fillings or crowns are not sufficient to save a tooth; then it must be extracted. Other reasons a patient may need to have a tooth extracted include: teeth need to be removed to make room for orthodontia; a tooth cannot erupt due to crowding; a tooth is too badly damaged from trauma; a tooth is too badly decayed to be restored; to prevent the spread of a serious infection; or if the patient’s immune system is compromised. Today, using modern anesthetics and sedatives, pulling a tooth can be done with little or no discomfort to the patient.

Tooth extractions in NYC, by Elliot Ostro DMD, are generally performed using local anesthesia. However if more than one tooth is being pulled, or if a tooth is impacted, a general anesthetic may be used. This way you can comfortably sleep during the procedure, and be assured that you will not suffer any discomfort. When a tooth is impacted, the doctor will need to cut away gum and bone tissue that surround the tooth, and then loosen it with forceps. If a tooth is unusually difficult to remove, it may be removed in pieces. After the tooth has been removed, the surgeon will pack a gauze pad into the socket; you will need to bite down to help stop the bleeding. On occasion, the surgeon will use a few self-dissolving stitches to close the gum over the area of the missing tooth. Tooth extraction is generally an easy procedure to tolerate. If you are in need of a tooth extraction, make an appointment today to see Dr. Ostro.

New York City Tooth Extractions
30 Central Park South, Suite 12B
New York, NY 10019
(646) 862-7077

Dental Implants, Implant Dentistry in New York City

New York City Dental Implants

If you have missing teeth that you would like to have replaced, dental implants done by Elliot Ostro, DMD, represent the most advanced method available today. They’re safe, effective, and the not only look, but also feel very much like natural teeth do. If your missing teeth is visible (in the front of your mouth), our New York City dental implants will give you back your full smile. But even if it’s a back tooth, missing teeth often lead to shifting teeth and this can cause discomfort and a bite that’s off.

Compared to older and more traditional dental restorations like bridges and dentures, dental implants have some obvious advantages. First, they don’t slide around in your mouth nor do they require the use of messy adhesive to keep them in place. Your surrounding teeth remain unaffected by the placement of our New York City dental implants. Bridges are anchored to the tooth on either side by drilling down those teeth and placing crowns on them. With dental implants, you keep your remaining teeth intact.

How do dental implants work? First, you must be considered a good candidate for having one. This means that your gums must be in generally good health and that your jaw bone must be strong enough to hold the implant, a titanium rod that is inserted into it. Over the course of a few months, your bone grows around the implant causing it to fuse. This makes it both strong and permanent. But what if your jaw bone isn’t strong enough? Bone grafting, in which bone is harvested from elsewhere on your body and used to bolster your jaw bone, makes it possible for you to benefit from our New York City dental implants regardless. Personal habits like smoking and certain diseases such as diabetes can also affect your qualifications for dental implants. Dr. Ostro will discuss this with you. Once your implant is securely fused, a tooth-colored crown will be cemented on top to complete the process. The rate of success for dental implants is about 98%, so you can feel confident in choosing them.

10019 Oral Surgeon

Midtown West Oral Surgeon

Under normal circumstances, teeth will erupt automatically as they are intended to do, typically by the age of 13. But what happens if any of those teeth fail to do so? That is when you will want to consult with Dr. Elliott Ostro, our Midtown West oral surgeon. Teeth that do not erupt and/or become impacted can cause discomfort and pain. More so, it can lead to problems with your tooth alignment and your bite. It is therefore vital to surgically expose these teeth so that they can erupt and give you a full set of healthy teeth. It is a simple, effective, and safe procedure to facilitate this process.

It is cuspid teeth that typically cause this kind of problem. What needs to happen is that our Midtown West oral surgeon will lift the gum tissue that is at the top of the tooth that has not erupted. This will expose the tooth. If the primary tooth has not fallen out yet, it will be extracted as part o the procedure. An orthodontic bracket will then be applied and bonded to the now exposed tooth. This bracket will have a small chain attached and this will e used to guide the arch wire into the proper position.

The next step in the process will be for our Midtown West oral surgeon to apply gentle force to pull on the tooth that has not erupted. This begins moving the tooth into the place where it was meant to be within the dental arch. While the process is efficient, it may take some time. The tooth is moved gradually, through a controlled method. In some cases, all of the work can take up to a year before the tooth is in its proper position.

On the plus side, this process allows the opportunity to save the tooth, rather than resort to an extraction. After our Midtown West oral surgeon has determined that the tooth has moved sufficiently, the gum area will be tested to make sure that it is strong and healthy enough to support the tooth. It is possible that minor gum surgery may be needed at that point to make the entire gum and tooth will be sturdy enough to perform without a problem moving forward.

Impacted Tooth Extraction Midtown West
30 Central Park South, Suite 12B
New York, NY 10019
(646) 862-7077