When Is Extraction Right For Your Smile?

Did you know that in some situations, actually removing a tooth is the best way to protect your overall oral health? From addressing wisdom teeth to tackling severe infections or damage, a simple extraction could help restore smiles in Bedford, MA, to optimal health. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about how we ensure the procedure is a comfortable and quick process!

The Extraction Process

How do we extract a tooth? Well, we start by administering a local anesthetic to the area around the tooth. Next, we provide sedation to help you enter a calm and relaxed state and to ensure the procedure is comfortable. For most cases, we gently rock the tooth free using forceps. For wisdom teeth, we may need to open the area of the gums above the teeth to access and remove them. We suture the area closed and you then return home, usually with a friend or family member since the sedation may take time to wear off.

Restoring Your Smile

We may perform the procedure if a tooth sustains severe enough damage that restoring with crowns isn’t viable. We could also take out a tooth with an advanced state of infection, one that could otherwise spread to surrounding teeth or move into the jawbone. We may extract a tooth loosened as a result of gum disease, or to make room to correct misalignment and reposition surrounding teeth. However, the most common reason is to prevent the complications of wisdom tooth eruption. In our late teens and early 20s up to four additional teeth could erupt in the rear of our mouth. These molars could lead to a painful partial eruption known as an impaction, as well as infection, damaged teeth, misalignment, and major discomfort. An extraction helps us safeguard your smile against these complications, preserving your smile’s appearance.

What Next?

We often prescribe antibiotics afterward to facilitate the healing process. At home, you will need to enjoy soft foods for the first day or two, and cut back on strenuous activity in that same time frame. We suggest avoiding straws and not prodding the extraction site with your tongue. We will schedule a follow-up visit to monitor your progress and remove the sutures. If you lost a tooth to injury or infection and no have a gap in your smile, we can discuss possible replacement options, like a custom-made dental bridge or a dental implant. If you have any questions, then contact our team today to learn more.

Do You Have Questions About Dental Extraction?

We’re here to help you and your family enjoy optimal oral health. To learn more about our restorative treatment options, schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.