The Bastida Dental Group

Dentists located in Elmhurst, New York, NY

Needing to get a tooth pulled doesn’t have to be daunting and scary. The team at The Bastida Dental Group offers tooth extractions — including wisdom tooth extractions — always with care and compassion. We have guided countless patients through extractions, helping out with recovery and even follow-up cosmetic dentistry options to fill in gaps and restore smiles. If you’d like to schedule an appointment at the New York City office to have a damaged tooth evaluated, call or use the online booking tool today.

Extractions Q & A

When are extractions necessary?

The most common reasons for tooth extractions are injuries, disease, and crowding. The staff at The Bastida Dental Group exhausts all restorative options before electing to extract a tooth, but in some cases, it’s clearly the best course of action.

Wisdom teeth — the third molars that come in during the late teen or early adult years — often require extraction. Since wisdom teeth come in after all of your other adult teeth have already come in, sometimes there isn’t room for them. They can cause crowding, or lead to pockets where plaque builds up.

More than 10 million wisdom teeth are extracted each year in the United States, making it one of the most common dental procedures performed by dentists.

How do extractions work?

If you have a single tooth or multiple teeth that are beyond saving due to decay or injury, here’s how extraction typically works:

Your Bastida Dental Group dentist numbs the treatment area first so that you feel as little discomfort as possible. They use a small, lever-like dental tool to dislodge the tooth carefully. In some cases, they may break apart the tooth in sections, removing them one at a time.

For wisdom tooth extractions, the procedure is generally different. Your dentist makes an incision in your gum tissue to access the bone and tooth. They then remove the tooth in sections and clean the treatment area thoroughly. Then, they stitch up the incision carefully and control any bleeding with gauze.

What is the recovery like after an extraction?

After an extraction, it’s best to take it easy. The staff provides personalized care instructions depending on the type of extraction you had. Here are some general, helpful tips to help with your recovery:

  • Avoid strenuous physical activities for a few days
  • Don’t smoke
  • Don’t use a straw for a day or two
  • Eat soft foods, such as applesauce, yogurt, and ice cream
  • Follow the diet your dentist recommends

Your dentist schedules a follow-up appointment to monitor your progress shortly after an extraction to make sure your recovery is going well.

Are extractions painful?

The staff at The Bastida Dental Group takes every precaution to make sure extractions are as painless as possible. They use anesthesia to minimize discomfort and make each procedure go smoothly.

To schedule an extraction of any kind, call the office or use the online booking tool today.