Some of the most common procedures provided by our number one Bay Ridge oral surgeon, Dr. Marc B. Hertz, are tooth extractions. All that a tooth extraction is is the removal of a tooth. Tooth extractions can be necessary for several reasons. The most common reason that our Bay Ridge oral surgeon extracts a tooth is if it has decayed severely, to the point where it can no longer be preserved. Another reason that a tooth extraction could be necessary is if your mouth is especially crowded, and you need orthodontic work. Sometimes if teeth are too crowded together, they get in the way of orthodontic devices and so need to be removed before these devices are used.
Another very common reason that Dr. Hertz will extract a tooth is if the tooth has decayed to the point where the nerve root has been exposed, and the pulp of the tooth has become inflamed or infected. At the center of each tooth is a conglomeration of soft tissues known as the pulp of the tooth. If the pulp becomes exposed to harmful bacteria like tartar and plaque, it can become inflamed and infected, and that can mean serious tooth pain and sensitivity for you. In some cases, a tooth extraction with our Bay Ridge oral surgeon is the only way to combat and solve this sort of problem. If you have any sort of systemic illness or if your immune system has been compromised from something like chemotherapy, even the risk of infection can make a tooth extraction necessary.
A final reason that Dr. Hertz extracts teeth is as a result of periodontal, or gum disease. As periodontal disease advances, the teeth can begin to loosen, and when this occurs the best treatment is to extract them. We perform all extractions under local anesthesia for your comfort, and can replace any extracted teeth with dental implants if you would like.
If you are interested in learning more about tooth extractions or any of the other services provided by our Bay Ridge oral surgeon, we invite you to visit Dr. Hertz’ website for additional information. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding our services or any other related topic, do not hesitate to contact us by phone or online.