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Your Framingham dentist’s goal is always to preserve your oral health and save your teeth whenever possible. Sometimes, however, tooth extractions are necessary. At Atlantis Dental, we perform skilled tooth extractions as well as any necessary dental restorations to help you maintain a healthy, beautiful, fully functional smile.
REASONS FOR TOOTH EXTRACTIONS
When your tooth is beyond repair or you are suffering from pain that no other dental procedure can end, extraction is the logical step to preserve your oral health. Some of the most common reasons for tooth extractions include:
- Dislodged or traumatized tooth
- Severe tooth decay
- Advanced gum disease
- Impacted wisdom tooth
- Broken root or bone fracture
Your Framingham dentist will explore every possible option for saving your tooth before determining that an extraction is the only option. Root canal therapy is often a last resort before pulling a tooth. However, if a tooth is damaging neighboring teeth, affecting supporting tissues, or suffering from severe infection, it may be beyond repair, making extraction the only alternative.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A TOOTH EXTRACTION
If you’re already in serious pain because of your problematic tooth, you will be happy to know that tooth extraction delivers immediate pain relief. If you are concerned about discomfort during the extraction, know that your Framingham dentist is focused on ensuring that you are comfortable during the entire procedure. Tooth extraction is a minor surgical procedure and some patients with high dental anxiety gratefully accept sedation dentistry measures to help them stay calm and relaxed during the extraction.
Once your mouth is fully numb, careful steps will be taken to elevate your tooth out of place completely. Different teeth prevent different levels of difficulty during extraction, but for every extraction the socket must be enlarged to separate the tooth. Extractions are a routine procedure but an involved process for your dentist. Many steps must be carried out to ensure the area is completely cleaned and all fragments have been removed. Even teeth that are damaged or unhealthy may still have roots firmly lodged in the socket.
Following extraction, you will be provided with specific instructions to care for the treated area after the procedure to promote healing and minimize any complications.
RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY AFTER TOOTH EXTRACTION
When wisdom teeth are extracted, they do not need to be replaced. When any other tooth is extracted, its absence will be problematic to the foundation of your smile. Teeth will eventually shift or migrate into open spaces and threaten the stability of your bite and create oral health complications. It will be necessary to wait for the extraction site to heal before any restorations can be done, but once your mouth is ready, there are likely to be several options available to you, including:
- Dental implant: When a tooth is pulled, its entire root structure comes out too. Dental implants replace both tooth root and crown for a complete, natural-looking restoration.
- Dental bridge: When you need to fill a gap left by an extracted tooth, a bridge spans the hole and connects to neighboring teeth while being anchored in place by porcelain crowns.
- Dentures or partial denture: Depending on how many teeth you need to have pulled, a partial denture or full dentures can replace a section or entire arch of teeth to complete your smile.
Even if the tooth you have had pulled is a molar and its absence is far less noticeable than the hole that might be left by a prominent front tooth, getting this tooth replaced is important to maintain a strong, healthy smile.
TOOTH EXTRACTION IN FRAMINGHAM, MA
If you are experiencing severe tooth pain, suspect your wisdom teeth are impacted, are suffering from gum disease, or have sustained a blow to the mouth, contact your Framingham dentist immediately to schedule an appointment and discuss tooth extraction.