What is a Surgical Tooth Extraction?

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When a tooth can’t be saved by traditional means due to severe damage, decay, or impaction, a surgical tooth extraction may be necessary. At Queensboro Plaza Dental Care in Long Island City, NY, Dr. Michael Nguyen specializes in these procedures. He ensures that patients receive the highest level of care during what can be a daunting dental treatment.

What is a Surgical Tooth Extraction?

A surgical tooth extraction is a procedure that involves the removal of a tooth that has not fully erupted through the gum line or that cannot be easily accessed with standard extraction techniques. This type of extraction is more complex than a simple extraction, which only requires dental forceps to remove a tooth that has already erupted fully. Surgical extractions often require an incision into the gum to access the tooth, removal of bone tissue, and sometimes the tooth may need to be sectioned (cut into pieces) to be extracted with minimal impact on surrounding tissues.

When is a Surgical Tooth Extraction Needed?

Surgical tooth extractions are typically necessary when:

  • A tooth is impacted, as commonly seen with wisdom teeth that do not have enough room to emerge naturally.
  • A tooth is broken at the gum line or has not erupted fully due to crowding or abnormal positioning.
  • Severe decay or infection has destroyed a portion of the tooth, making it impossible to grasp above the gum line.

  • What to Expect During a Surgical Tooth Extraction

    Before the procedure, Dr. Nguyen will conduct a thorough examination. This may include X-rays to determine the exact position and condition of the tooth. Local anesthesia will be administered to numb the area, ensuring that you are comfortable and pain-free during the extraction. For more complex cases, or if the patient is particularly anxious, additional sedation options may be offered.

    The procedure itself involves making a small incision into the gum to expose the tooth and bone. Any bone blocking access to the tooth root may be removed. Then, the tooth may be divided into smaller pieces for easier removal. Once the tooth is extracted, stitches may be required to help the gum heal.

    Recovery and Aftercare

    Recovery from a surgical tooth extraction involves managing minor bleeding, swelling, and discomfort. Dr. Nguyen will provide detailed aftercare instructions, which typically include resting, applying ice to the area to reduce swelling, and taking prescribed pain medication. Patients are advised to eat soft foods and avoid smoking or drinking through a straw, as these activities can inhibit the healing process.

    Comprehensive Care at Queensboro Plaza Dental Care in Long Island City, NY

    At Queensboro Plaza Dental Care, we understand that the thought of a surgical tooth extraction can be intimidating. That’s why Dr. Michael Nguyen and our team are committed to providing compassionate, comprehensive care throughout the entire process. We ensure that you are fully informed and comfortable with every step of the procedure and recovery.

    If you suspect you might need a surgical tooth extraction, or if you have any concerns about your dental health, don’t hesitate to reach out to Queensboro Plaza Dental Care in Long Island City, NY. Our goal is to help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile in a comfortable and welcoming environment.

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    Patient Reviews

    Karoline PammerKaroline Pammer
    20:52 30 Mar 22
    Dr. Nguyen and his staff are extremely competent, friendly and professional. He is very thorough and explains everything very clearly. Finally I feel like I am in good hands when it comes to dental care.
    Matt SmithMatt Smith
    21:18 05 Feb 22
    Great overall experience getting a dental cleaning. Very friendly staff, beautifully designed office, and a comfortable experience watching calming Netflix nature programming while in the chair. Complimentary beverages are in the waiting room and so is a little play area for kids.It felt to me that this was a patient-focused family practice as opposed to a cold, corporate dental mill trying to churn through as many patients as possible.I’ll definitely be coming back here for all my dental needs and I highly recommend.
    Sundup SherpaSundup Sherpa
    22:07 02 Feb 22
    Dr. Nguyen and his staff are very welcoming and they provide an excellent experience every time I visit. I’ve only been here twice for annual checkups but would definitely consider and recommend this place to anyone who appreciates good customer experience and a very thoughtful approach to making sure that you feel at home. I have some procedures set up for later in the month and I must actually be the only person in the world actually looking forward to a dentist appointment.
    Jayrockem GottemJayrockem Gottem
    21:27 09 Nov 21
    Great place wonderful staff they will be my go too dentist 100%
    shawaf alishawaf ali
    22:08 26 Aug 21
    Very confident after leaving the office that my teeth are in greatttt hands. Above and beyond patient care. Very informative visits. A sense that they genuinely care about patient concerns. Added helpful guidelines I took home with me to reach dental hygiene goals before my next visits. Highly recommended you leave your old scary dentist ! 😁😁
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