Dr. Lotardo may recommend a tooth extraction to address severe decay, damage or overcrowding of teeth. A tooth extraction is always considered a treatment of last resort to restore or maintain your overall dental health.
The tooth extraction procedure is generally quick and with the use of a local anesthetic, minimally uncomfortable. Dr. Lotardo will discuss appropriate after care to reduce pain, swelling and bleeding. Most patients recover quickly with no side effects, but should you experience sudden or lingering pain or renewed bleeding contact our office as soon as possible for instructions on how to proceed.
Tooth Extractions What to Expect
One of the most common tooth extractions is wisdom tooth removal. Often considered a “rite of passage” for young adults, removing the wisdom teeth is recommended when they are impacted in the bone or present a threat to long term oral health.
Dr. Lotardo can remove wisdom teeth in our Roslyn and Riverhead, NY dentist offices in most cases. For complex situations, he may refer you to a local oral surgeon.
You will be made comfortable and the area will be numbed using a local anesthetic. Dr. Lotardo will remove the affected tooth by separating the supporting ligaments from the tooth and gently moving it back and forth to loosen it from the gum tissue. Once the tooth is loose, he will carefully remove it from the socket and secure the hole with sutures if necessary.
If tooth replacement is needed, Dr. Lotardo will discuss the most appropriate treatment options to restore your smile.