Cosmetic & Family Dentistry


People needing dental care usually try to avoid going to the dentist at all costs; this is often due to fear, insufficient finances, and many other reasons. However, the more time you delay your dentist’s visit, the more damage this causes to management issues. When small problems persist for long durations of time, dental extraction is necessary.

Philadelphia’s Dr. Renee Yurovsky and her team of caring professionals want you to know that you’re viewed as part of the family when you enter their office. Whether you need a simple extraction or complex surgery for a broken tooth, we are here to formulate the best possible treatment for your dental needs.

Sometimes pain, gum disease, or broken teeth can become too pervasive to salvage. In such cases, despite our best efforts, extraction may only be the only suitable option. When considering going through an extraction procedure, it is imperative to consider all options for treatment.

Should the tooth be replaced with a dental implant, with bridgework, or with nothing at all? Is there a root canal required? How will this affect the nature of my bite? At Yurovsky Dental, our team of professionals will work with you to develop a treatment plan that will fit your oral health goals.

Each tooth plays a critical role in the jaw’s structure and the health of the surrounding teeth alike. For this reason, through procedures such as Fillings, Inlays and Onlays, build-ups, Crowns, and Root Canals, we will most often try to save the natural tooth. However, there are several possible reasons for which we might recommend extracting a tooth rather than saving it:

  • There can be so much decay in the tooth that it cannot be restored and may endanger the surrounding teeth and jaw. In this case, we will recommend removing the tooth and replacing it with a Bridge, Dental Implant, or Removable Partial Denture.
  • A baby tooth can cause problems if it does not fall out as it should. Most often, this is because it was not shaped correctly or because it has too long of a root. It will be important to remove the baby tooth to make room for the permanent tooth to emerge.
  • Misaligned or impacted teeth (such as the wisdom teeth) can cause pain or discomfort and affect the jaw’s alignment.

In most extractions, a local anesthetic will be all that is needed to make the procedure comfortable. While this procedure is typically quick, please share any concerns or preferences for sedation with Dr. Yurovsky. Our philosophy is to be gentle, fast, and allow you to feel comfortable throughout the entire procedure.

When a tooth has been removed, nearby teeth can move and cause problems with chewing or with your jaw joint. To avoid these complications, Dr. Yurovsky may recommend replacing the extracted tooth with a dental implant.

Dental Implants are the most natural replacement for missing teeth. This is because they mimic the natural tooth root, rather than merely bridging the gap, as is done with bridges. Because dental implants replace the tooth root, they prevent the neighboring teeth from shifting, which can interfere with proper jaw function.

Post-Operative Instructions

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  • Apply gauze with firm pressure for 30 minutes.
  • If bleeding begins again, place a fresh piece of gauze over the bleeding area. Bite on the gauze with steady, firm pressure for 1 hour. Do not chew on the gauze.
  • Take all medication as directed. You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Advil or Tylenol, for pain.
  • Brush your remaining teeth 3 times a day for the first 24 hours. Do not rinse your mouth or use mouthwash products.
  • After the first 24 hours, rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1 teaspoon salt in an 8-ounce glass of warm water). Repeat this at least 4 or 5 times a day to help keep the extraction clean.
  • Please keep your head raised on 2 or 3 pillows to prevent bleeding and swelling while lying down.
  • Be sure to drink plenty of fluids and eat anything you can swallow. Avoid eating foods such as nuts, potato chips, or spicy foods, etc.
  • Do not drink any alcoholic beverages or smoke for at least 24 hours.
  • Don't drink with a straw for 24 hours.
  • Do not spit, as it will cause more bleeding.
  • We advise that you return home and rest after having one or more teeth extracted to minimize healing time.
  • Bruising is normal post-extraction and should disappear within a few days.
  • Small, sharp bone fragments may loosen and come through your gum. These are not roots. If these bone fragments bother you, call the office so that we can set up a time to remove them.
  • If your pain increases after 72 hours (3 days), or if you have any continued bleeding, please call the office.

Please feel free to call the office to report any condition which you think may be abnormal. We may be reached during regular office hours at (215) 545-1202. If we are not in the office, you will receive instructions on what to do from our voicemail.