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Tooth Extraction New York

Removing Decay, Restoring Health

Tooth ExtractionsWhen teeth are broken or damaged by decay, dentists will attempt to preserve them by using fillings, crowns, root canals and other dental treatments. However, when damage is so severe that teeth are unsalvageable, they may be removed in order to preserve the health of the mouth and jaw bone. Patients requiring tooth extraction are encouraged to contact Dr. Maurice Edwards in New York to arrange a personal consultation.

Why Teeth are Removed

Tooth Extraction When a tooth has been severely damaged and no available treatment will cure the infection, it is important to remove the decaying unit from the mouth. Extraction will prevent infection from spreading to healthy teeth and gum tissue, and possibly damaging the supportive jaw bone underneath.

However, decay is not the only reason teeth are extracted. Some patients develop extra teeth, which cause painful dental crowding, and removing them is a method of relieving discomfort while maintaining the integrity of the jaw structure and bite. Similarly, surgical tooth extraction is often necessary to remove wisdom teeth that have become impacted.

The Tooth Extraction Procedure

The removal of fully developed teeth that are visible in the mouth, as opposed to wisdom teeth that may be wholly or partially hidden below the gum line, is referred to as a simple extraction. During this straightforward procedure, patients will likely feel pressure, but not pain. When you arrive for your tooth extraction at Dr. Edwards’ New York office, every measure will be taken to ensure you are as comfortable as possible.

Making Extraction as Comfortable as Possible

Before removing a damaged tooth, Dr. Edwards will take a series of x-rays to examine the root and jaw bone, and determine the best method of extraction. Dr. Edwards will then administer a local anesthetic to numb the tooth, gum and jaw area being treated. Based on your needs and preference, Dr. Edwards may order a deeper level of sedation to ensure your comfort and relaxation.

Removing the Tooth

Tooth extraction is accomplished using two dental tools, an elevator and forceps. Because the tooth root is tightly surrounded by jaw bone, it must be loosened in its socket prior to removal. First, the elevator is wedged between the tooth and its encasing bone, widening the socket and loosening the root. Then, grasping the tooth with the forceps, Dr. Edwards will apply firm pressure in a side-to-side motion, expanding the bone and rotating the tooth as necessary to accommodate removal. When the jaw bone will not expand enough to allow for the removal of an entire tooth, sectioning may be performed, during which a tooth is divided into pieces prior to extraction.

After your tooth has been removed, stitches will be used to close the extraction site. Dissolving sutures may be used, or Dr. Edwards will request that you return to his Manhattan office in several days to have them removed.

Replacing Missing Teeth

When a tooth has been extracted from the mouth, dental implants are available to fill the resulting gap. Providing an ideal solution for a single missing tooth, dental implants replace tooth roots with titanium screws that anchor lifelike dental prosthetics below the gum line for the most stable and aesthetically pleasing tooth restorations available. In the case of several missing teeth, a series of dental implants may be used to anchor a dental bridge or set of full or partial dentures.

Learn More about Tooth Extraction

By providing knowledgeable, compassionate patient care, Dr. Edwards will make your tooth extraction experience as comfortable as possible. Contact his New York practice, located in midtown Manhattan, to schedule a personal consultation today.


Dr. Maurice Edwards, D.M.D.

Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

41 East 57th Street, Suite 1204
New York, New York 10022

p: 212 888 8624 f: 212 838 5533