Tooth Extraction Specialist

Tala Dental Care

Nataliya Safonova, DDS

General Dentistry located in Midwood, Brooklyn, NY

Getting a tooth pulled isn’t a fun experience, but sometimes an extraction is necessary to prevent further complications. For quick and professional extractions, turn to Natalia Safonova, DDS, at Tala Dental Care P.C. in Brooklyn, New York. When a tooth needs to be removed, you can head her way. Call the office near Midwood or book a consultation online.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

Why might I need a tooth pulled?

Even though permanent teeth are made to last your lifetime, it doesn't always happen. For instance, you could need a tooth extracted because it is too severely damaged to keep. Decay, trauma, and lifestyle can all lead to needing a tooth pulled.

Other reasons for extractions include:

  • Risk of infection from an unsuccessful root canal
  • Risk of infection during an organ transplant or chemotherapy
  • Severe periodontal (gum) disease
  • Crowded or extra teeth
  • No room for third molars (wisdom teeth)

How are extractions performed?

There are simple extractions and surgical extractions. Simple extractions are reserved for teeth that can be seen above the gum line. During this procedure, Dr. Safonova first loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. She then uses forceps to remove the tooth.

A surgical extraction is more complex. The tooth may not have come through the surface of your gums, as is common with wisdom teeth, or it may have broken off at your gum line. In these cases, Dr. Safonova makes a small incision in your gum to remove the tooth. The affected tooth may need to be sectioned (cut into parts) so it can be more easily removed. Some bone may also need to be removed from around the tooth.

Dr. Safonova gives you an injection (a local anesthetic) to numb your mouth before a simple extraction or surgical extraction, so you shouldn't feel any pain. If multiple teeth are being extracted at the same appointment, as is common with wisdom teeth extraction, Dr. Safonova may give you a general anesthetic. You'll sleep and be pain-free throughout the whole procedure.

What is the timeline for healing from a tooth extraction?

Based on how many teeth you had taken out and your individual condition, the first stages of the healing process usually occur within one or two weeks. New bone and gum tissue grow in the spaces where your teeth used to be. As your healing progresses, you might feel discomfort and soreness or experience problems chewing, but this depends on the amount of dental work you have.

Because everyone's circumstances are different, contact Tala Dental Care P.C. and schedule a consultation so you can learn about your options and any necessary follow-up procedures like crowns or dental implants.

Call or schedule online using the booking tool.