Tooth Extraction – Bradford, MA
Safely Performed with Modern Techniques
No dentist will ever make a tooth extraction in Haverhill the first choice. Sometimes, however, a tooth is already beyond the point where fillings, dental crowns or root canal therapy can help. At Associates in Dental Health, we’ll use the digital technology and modern tools at our disposal to make sure the procedure is performed as comfortably as possible; we can also use oral conscious sedation if desired. When you’re experiencing a dental emergency, you can count on us to handle it efficiently and effectively.
Why Do I Need an Extraction?
Oftentimes a patient’s wisdom teeth will need to be removed in order to prevent damage to the other teeth as well as additional complications. In other cases, an extraction will be the last resort to avoid further dental health problems. Reasons for extraction can include:
- Excessive tooth decay that can’t be reversed
- Advanced gum disease
- Severe physical damage
- A baby tooth that has stayed too long and is preventing adult teeth from developing properly
- Making room for necessary orthodontic treatment
We will examine the overall health of your mouth and make sure we understand the situation as fully as possible before moving forward with a tooth extraction.
The Extraction Process
Before planning the procedure, we’ll take an X-ray of your tooth. We’ll also need to know your medical history; be sure to tell us about any medications, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and supplements you’re taking. Antibiotics might be used if you’re suffering from certain medical conditions, such as an impaired immune system.
We’ll give you some instructions to follow before the procedure; for example, in some cases we might ask you not to eat or drink anything for a certain amount of time. If you catch a cold the night before, you might need to reschedule.
There are two kinds of extraction: simple and surgical. A simple extraction involves the use of an elevator and some forceps to loosen and remove the tooth. A surgical extraction will require a small incision in the gums so that we can access the root of the tooth; we might also need to remove a little bone. Sometimes a particularly weak tooth will be easier to remove in pieces rather than as a whole.
After the Procedure
It can take a few days to recover after having a tooth removed. Ice packs can be used for 10 minutes at a time to reduce any swelling. Painkillers may be prescribed. Don’t go back to your regular routine right away; for the first 24 hours, you should limit physical activity and eat only soft foods such as yogurt and applesauce. Avoid drinking through a straw, and do not smoke while your mouth is still recovering.
After the first full day, you can rinse with eight ounces of warm water mixed with a teaspoon to reduce your risk of infection. Gradually reintroduce more solid foods into your diet. If the pain doesn’t subside after several days, or if you notice symptoms such as fever or pus from the incision, call us as soon as possible.