With fillings and crowns, your Bedford, MA, dentist strives to repair issues like damage or decay, and preserve the natural tooth. However, sometimes very serious oral health issues mean a tooth cannot be saved, and leaving it in place could actually threatens the rest of the smile. In these scenarios, we may remove the tooth with a safe and comfortable tooth extraction!
Wisdom Teeth, Infections, and More
When do we prescribe an extraction? We may suggest one when a tooth sustains damage so severe that a crown alone cannot repair it. In addition, if you have severe misalignment we may need to extract a tooth to make room to reposition the others. If an infection has become so severe that it threatens to spread to other teeth or the jawbone itself, we may need to remove the tooth completely. We also take out teeth loosened by gum disease. However, the most common reason is to prevent wisdom tooth impaction. Your wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, erupt in our late teens and early 20s. These four additional teeth could lead to a painful partial eruption known as an impaction, and also cause discomfort, infection, and dental misalignment. Removing them helps prevent these serious impacts to your smile’s health, function, and appearance.
The Extraction Procedure and Healing Process
We start by administering a local anesthetic to ensure you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. If you have anxiety, we also have dental sedation available to help you stay relaxed. We then gently remove them with forceps and suture the area closed. When you return home, you will need to take any prescribed medication as instructed, and avoid using straws. You should enjoy soft foods for the first day, and avoid prodding the area with your tongue. During a follow-up visit, we will make sure everything is healing as it should, and also remove the sutures.
Replacing Missing Teeth
With wisdom teeth, obviously we don’t need to remove the teeth. But if we extract them due to injury or poor oral health, then you will have an unsightly gap in your smile. Fortunately, we can help with a bridge, dental implant, or even a partial denture. We want to make sure our patients continue to enjoy whole and healthy smiles. If you have any questions about the extraction process, or about replacing missing teeth, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Tooth Extraction?
We take steps to ensure your extraction process is a safe and comfortable process. To learn more about how we restore the health and beauty of your smile, schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.