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Dr. James Jacobs & Dr. Tara Bogart -  - Dental Implant Surgeon

Dr. James Jacobs & Dr. Tara Bogart

Dental Implant Surgeons & Periodontal Surgeons located in Midtown West, New York, NY

From severely decayed teeth to impacted wisdom teeth, extractions offer a solution when you need a tooth removed. At the office of Dr. James Jacobs & Dr. Tara Bogart, in Midtown West, Manhattan, their skilled periodontists offer teeth extraction services to meet your unique dental needs. Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Bogart provide detailed and compassionate dental care to patients at their New York City-based practice. Call today to schedule your appointment or use the online booking tool at any time.

Extractions Q&A

What is tooth extraction?

Tooth extraction is a dental procedure that removes your tooth and tooth root. Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Bogart use this procedure to remove teeth that cannot be restored or are highly decayed or impacted, such as wisdom teeth. They may also extract teeth if your mouth is too crowded, and you’re preparing for orthodontics to align your teeth.

If tooth decay reaches the pulp of your tooth, the center containing nerves and blood vessels, you have a high risk of infection, and your provider may recommend extracting the tooth.

Why do you extract wisdom teeth?

Your periodontist may perform wisdom teeth extractions for a variety of reasons. Wisdom teeth are the large teeth in the back of your mouth, called the third molars; they typically break through your gums between ages 17-25. These teeth rarely grow in straight. Often, they become impacted, which means they’re stuck or growing parallel to your jawbone. Impacted wisdom teeth put a strain on your other teeth, crowding them, and can lead to pain and discomfort at the back of your jaw.

When wisdom teeth are left in your mouth, you may have an increased risk of:

Risks of Wisdom Teeth

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Tumors
  • Cysts
  • Infections
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease

Removing your wisdom teeth altogether can help prevent future complications.

What should you expect after a tooth extraction?

When your provider extracts your tooth, you should expect some swelling and bleeding. You may experience minor discomfort, which you can manage with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Your provider then packs your gums with gauze, which you should replace throughout the day. Bite down on this gauze as much as possible to apply pressure to your wound, helping to quell the bleeding.

Without proper aftercare, you can suffer from a range of tooth extraction complications, including infection and dry sockets. Your periodontist may ask you to:

Aftercare for Tooth Extractions

  • Apply ice in 10-minute intervals throughout the day
  • Take it easy for the first 24 hours with limited activity
  • Do not rinse or spit for the first 24 hours
  • Avoid drinking from a straw for the first 24 hours
  • Rinse with saltwater multiple times daily after the first 24 hours
  • Stop smoking to promote healing
  • Eat soft foods, chew slowly on the untreated side of your mouth
  • Prop your head with pillows when reclining

During your appointment, your dentist provides more detailed instructions based on your specific case. 

If you need a tooth extraction, schedule your appointment at Dr. James Jacobs & Dr. Tara Bogart by calling the office, or using the online booking tool today.