Before You Come In: Please eat and rinse well beforehand. Let the doctor or staff know if you have a sensitivity or allergy to Novocaine, Lidocaine, and Mepivacaine.
What You Can Expect Afterwards: Your mouth will remain numb for a few hours (depending on age and amount used, two hours is average) so avoid eating to protect your tongue from being bitten. Residual soreness should only last the first few days. Sharp pain and nausea are uncommon - please call us back immediately or head to the ER if you experience any of these. Follow the aftercare instructions we give you closely.
When teeth have become too decayed to be saved or are forcing the other teeth around them to shift, dentists will generally recommend having them extracted. Our office performs regular extractions and surgical extractions of wisdom teeth. Patients with impacted teeth or complicated situations will need to see an oral surgeon (our office can provide a referral if necessary).
The Procedure: To ensure a painless process, the nerves near the tooth to be extracted will be numbed with a local anesthesia. (Please note: our office does not provide nitrous oxide or IV anesthesia. If you have a fear of needles, it is recommended you see an oral surgeon). Surgical extractions require the gum to be sectioned and may result in a longer recovery. After the extraction, is completed, the gum will be sutured shut. After biting down on gauze for a few minutes the bleeding should stops. Once it is ensured that no immediate complications are present, we provide patients with extra gauze to bite down on and send them home.
80 Bowery Suite 400
New York, NY 10013