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Tooth Extractions – Northborough, MA

Gentle Tooth Removal to Support Long-Term Oral Health

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We always strive to help our patients retain their natural teeth for a lifetime. In some instances, however, it is necessary to remove one or more teeth for the sake of an individual’s long-term oral health. If that becomes true in your case, we will perform your tooth extractions in Northborough as gently and comfortably as possible. Later on, we may be able to replace the lost tooth with a dental implant or other type of prosthetic.

Why Choose Northborough Dental Associates for Tooth Extractions?

Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary

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Your dentist in Northborough may recommend that you undergo a tooth extraction if:

The Process of Removing a Tooth

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For a non-surgical extraction, also called a simple extraction, we numb the area around the tooth to ensure that the patient is comfortable. During the extraction procedure itself, we use an elevator to slightly lift the tooth. Then, we grip it with forceps and rock it back and forth in order to sever the ligaments that connect it to the bone. After the tooth is out, we use gauze to control any bleeding.

Surgical extractions are more complex. They might require that incisions be made in the gums or that a tooth gets broken into pieces. We sometimes refer patients to specialists for this type of procedure.

Following an extraction, we may strongly urge you to consider your tooth replacement options so you can prevent future tooth loss and other problems.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

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Here are a few important notes about tooth extraction aftercare:

Tooth Extractions FAQs

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We understand that the prospect of undergoing a tooth extraction can be a little nerve-wracking. We want to make your treatment experience as easy as possible, so to help you understand the road ahead, we have put together the following list of FAQs about extractions. If you do not find the information you are most curious about, reach out to us directly so we can personally assist you.

Does Getting a Tooth Extracted Hurt?

The first step in the extraction process is to numb the mouth. Local anesthesia prevents you from feeling pain, so you can expect to be reasonably comfortable during your procedure. However, you might feel some pressure as we work to remove your tooth.

Once the local anesthesia wears off, you are like to experience some soreness and discomfort. We will provide aftercare instructions to make your recovery process as easy as possible. If you notice any severe pain or signs of infection while you are healing, get in touch with us right away.

What Are My Options for Replacing a Missing Tooth?

A dentist can replace a missing tooth in a few different ways:

  • Dental implant. A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root. We insert it into the jawbone, where it can later support a crown. This is widely regarded as the best way to replace a missing tooth.
  • A fixed bridge has two crowns, which support a pontic (artificial tooth) between them. The crowns get attached to the teeth on either side of the gap in a patient’s mouth.
  • If you are missing multiple teeth, you may be eligible for either a full or partial denture. These removable prosthetics are convenient and cost-effective.

Your dentist will help you weigh the pros and cons of each of your tooth replacement options.

Can I Leave the Space Empty After a Tooth Extraction?

In the vast majority of cases, it is the course of wisdom to replace a missing tooth as soon as possible. This is true even if the empty space is not visible when you smile. Even a single missing tooth can lead to oral health complications. For example, the adjacent teeth may begin to drift out of place, leading to a misaligned bite. The jawbone could also start to deteriorate. Eventually, you could suffer further tooth loss.

How Should I Prepare for My Tooth Extraction?

Here are a few practical steps that you can take before your extraction:

  • Talk to your dentist. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about the procedure.
  • Stock up on soft foods. You may need to adhere to a no-chew or fork-tender diet for a few days after your procedure.
  • Arrange for a ride. Having a trusted adult drive you to and from your appointment can make your experience as easy, safe, and stress-free as possible.
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