If you have a cavity, we may place a filling, and more severe damage could be addressed with a root canal or crown. But what if you have an oral health issue too severe for a restoration? To prevent major complications, may suggest removing the tooth altogether. In today’s blog, your Bedford, MA, dentist talks about the benefits of a dental extraction.
The Tooth Extraction Process and Recovery
We start with the administration of a local anesthetic near the tooth in question, and we may also recommend sedation for patients as well. These steps help ensure you remain calm and comfortable throughout the procedure. Next, we gently remove the tooth with a pair of forceps, and then suture the extraction site closed. The sedation may take time to wear off, so you should arrange for a friend or family member to bring you home. At home, be sure you avoid strenuous activity for the first day or two, don’t use a straw, enjoy soft foods for the first day, and brush and floss carefully. Don’t poke the extraction site with your tongue, and be sure to attend your follow-up visit so we can make sure you’re healing properly.
Reasons to Seek Removal
Our team may suggest the procedure if you have a tooth too damaged to undergo restoration, or if you have a cavity or infection that has advanced too far to be addressed with a root canal or crown. We may need to remove one to reposition other teeth if you have severe misalignment too. Teeth loosened by gum disease may need to be removed as well. However, in most cases we take them out to prevent complications related to wisdom teeth. These are up to four new teeth that erupt in the rear of the mouth in our late teens and early 20s. Unless removed, you could develop painful symptoms, damaged teeth, infection, and misalignment.
Replacing Missing Teeth
If we remove wisdom teeth, there will be no need to replace them. However, losing teeth to infection or injury means an exposed gap in your smile, which could mean further complications down the road. Fortunately, preserving the extraction site ensures your smile is ready for dental implants, and we also have bridges, partial dentures, and other prosthetics to address gaps in your smile. If you have any questions about tooth loss or about the removal process, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Restorative Treatments?
We want to offer the right treatments to help you maintain your best possible smile and avoid major complications down the road. To learn more about our approach to restorative dental care and oral surgery, then schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.