If you’re a parent in Scarsdale and you’re looking for a “dental home” for your children, the team at Scarsdale Smiles is here to help. Dr. Alex Cox and our team specialize in family and children’s dentistry for kids of all ages. From infants to toddlers, older kids, pre-teens, teenagers and young adults, we can provide your child with the care they need to maintain a beautiful, healthy smile. Learn more below, or contact us to schedule an appointment now.
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The tooth extraction procedure will not hurt at all. This is because Dr. Cox will use numbing spray and injections to numb the nerves below your tooth. You may feel a bit of pressure while the tooth is being loosened and pulled, but you won’t feel any pain or discomfort. We also offer sedation dentistry at Scarsdale Smiles, and Dr. Cox is an expert sedation dentist. We offer both nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation to keep you comfortable, and deeper, more intense oral conscious sedation, which uses a pill that may cause you to fall asleep or forget most of what happens during your procedure. You can expect to feel some discomfort after your surgery is over and your sedation and numbing wear off. This is normal. Dr. Cox will provide you with instructions that will go over what to expect, how to manage your pain, and how to care for your mouth to minimize pain and speed up the healing and recovery process.
There are lots of reasons that a tooth may need to be extracted. The first and most common reason is that it’s a wisdom tooth that’s growing into your mouth incorrectly. The wisdom teeth are a natural part of our mouths, but they come in a lot later than the other teeth. This can cause complications in a lot of people, so they are often extracted when they emerge between the ages of 17-25.
Tooth extractions may also be recommended if you have a severely damaged or infected tooth. For example, if you have an untreatable tooth infection or your tooth has been destroyed due to a severe oral injury, extracting and replacing it may be the only option. In addition to this, tooth extractions are sometimes used to prepare for other treatments. Full dentures, for example, require you to have all of your remaining healthy teeth pulled before the procedure can begin.
Finally, tooth extractions are occasionally used for orthodontic purposes. If a patient has very crowded teeth due to a narrow palate, for example, one or more teeth may be extracted to ensure the remaining teeth can be aligned properly with braces or other orthodontic treatments.
Yes. Unless you’ve had a wisdom tooth pulled, you need to have your tooth replaced as soon as you can. There are a lot of different options that are available today for tooth replacement, including partial dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. Dr. Cox can discuss each one of these with you in more detail at Scarsdale Smiles. The most important reason to replace your missing tooth is that losing a tooth causes the nearby teeth to shift toward the socket where the tooth used to be. This is natural, since the missing tooth is no longer preventing the other teeth from moving, and they will try to “fill the gap” left behind by the missing tooth. However, this can ruin your bite and teeth alignment. In addition to this, losing one or more teeth will result in difficulties eating and speaking, particularly if they’re front teeth. Tooth loss can also make you feel more self-conscious about your appearance, since you may try to hide your smile or feel nervous about speaking and showing your teeth. For all of these reasons, you should replace your missing tooth as soon as you can. Contact Scarsdale Smiles now to learn more about your options for tooth replacement in Scarsdale.