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.
Your dentist in Northborough may recommend that you undergo a tooth extraction if:
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.
Here are a few important notes about tooth extraction aftercare:
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.
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.
A dentist can replace a missing tooth in a few different ways:
Your dentist will help you weigh the pros and cons of each of your tooth replacement options.
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.
Here are a few practical steps that you can take before your extraction: