Dr. Elliott Ostro doesn’t like to extract teeth unless its absolutely necessary and all other restorative options were attempted to save the tooth. But when restoration procedures like root canal therapy, crowns, or fillings are not even to save a tooth, our Midtown Center oral surgeon will suggest that it be pulled or extracted for the sake of the health of your entire mouth.
Tooth extraction procedures today are far less painful than ever before thanks to safe and effective sedatives and anesthetics. In many cases, patients who have their teeth pulled with Dr. Elliott Ostro at his oral surgery practice in New York City only experience slight discomfort and minor bleeding. Before the tooth is extracted, the area will be numbed during an injectable or topical anesthetics like Novocaine. Once the anesthetic kicks in, our Midtown Center oral surgeons will remove the infected or decayed tooth. Following the procedure, Dr. Ostro will instruct you on proper precautions and after care so that you don’t get an infection. Occasionally, you will be prescribed an antibiotic following a tooth extraction as a precautionary measure to fight infections.
There is some after care involved in a tooth extraction. In order to heal properly and make sure the wound does not open, Dr. Elliott Ostro discourages you from smoking, vigorous brushing and rinsing, and drinking liquids through straws. To promote faster healing and reduce swelling, our oral surgeon recommend applying a cold compress to the outside cheek near the extraction area. If you have any further questions about tooth extraction, come visit us today.