Tooth Extractions – Newton, MA
Put a Stop to Trouble Teeth
No one wants to undergo an extraction, but sometimes they are necessary to put a stop to trouble teeth and maintain the health of the rest of the mouth. Extractions are never your dentist’s first choice, but your oral health may depend on it. This is why our dentists at Newton Family Dentistry offer tooth extractions with your wellbeing and comfort in mind. To learn more about tooth extractions or to schedule an appointment with us, contact our office.
Why Choose Newton Corner Dental Care for Tooth Extractions?
- Same-Day Emergency Visits
- Dental Insurance Welcome
- Saturday Appointments Available
Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary
We always do our best to help patients keep their natural teeth, but sometimes it just isn’t a viable option. Here are a handful of situations where a tooth extraction may help to improve overall oral health and function:
- There’s severe, unrepairable decay or damage to the tooth.
- To allow for a patient to undergo orthodontic treatment and maintain results.
- For ensuring long-term success of a restoration, like full or partial denture.
- If a child’s baby tooth won’t fall out on its own.
- When a tooth is impacted and unable to properly erupt.
By extracting problem teeth, future infections and other oral health issues are significantly less likely to occur.
The Process of Removing a Tooth
Teeth are generally removed by either pulling or surgical extraction. Teeth can only be “pulled” when they have fully emerged from the gumline. In this case, we numb the area around your tooth and use a clasping tool to shift the tooth around until it breaks away from the gumline. If pulling isn’t a possibility, the tooth will need to be surgically removed. For this procedure, a small incision is made into the gums to allow us the ability to reach enough of your tooth to remove it.
To determine which extraction method you will need, if you need one at all, see us for a consultation. This way, we can thoroughly evaluate your situation. In the process of discussing your extraction, we will also talk about tooth replacement options to prevent further oral health issues due to tooth loss.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Before you head home from out office after your extraction, we will provide you with a specific aftercare plan to help you stay comfortable and avoid complications. Each case is different, but here are some steps that are generally recommended for optimal recovery:
- Take recommended over-the-counter and prescribed medications as directed.
- Rinse your mouth with saltwater 24 hours after your procedure to clean the site.
- Avoid using tobacco products until your mouth has completely healed.
- Don’t drink using a straw.
- Sleep with your head elevated.
- Get plenty of rest for optimal healing.
- Apply a cold compress of ice pack to reduce swelling.
- Stay away from foods that are hard, crunchy, and sticky.