Tooth Extraction Middleborough MA
In dentistry, the main goal is to preserve your natural teeth and keep them healthy for life. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. There are times when it is better to have a tooth extracted, or removed. Trauma, decay or impaction are common reasons to have a tooth removed. If crowding is an issue and you or your child are undergoing orthodontic treatment, then the dentist may remove one or more teeth. In younger children, a baby tooth that won’t fall out may also be extracted.
Tooth extraction is considered minor surgery, but it is a very routine procedure. Extractions are typically straightforward, but this can be complicated by factors such as location in the mouth and what the tooth’s roots are like. For example, a front tooth with a single straight root is easier to remove than a molar with multiple roots.
Nevertheless, you should not worry about having a tooth extracted. Dentists have experience with extractions and the procedure is not as complicated as you may think. A tooth is attached to the bone via a network of fibers that form the periodontal ligament. Your dentist knows how to manipulate the tooth to detach it from these fibers.
The Process of a Tooth Extraction
Before extracting the tooth, the dentist will take an X-ray to assess the position of the tooth roots and the condition of the surrounding bone. This will help the dentist anticipate any possible complications. Your dentist will make sure you are healthy enough to undergo extraction.
Your options for anesthesia will be discussed. Tooth extraction is usually done with local anesthesia, which will numb the affected tooth, surrounding bone and gum tissues. Other options include oral sedatives, nitrous oxide and conscious sedation, which is given into a vein. Your dentist will help you choose the right option based on your anxiety level.
When removing your tooth, the dentist will take great care to ensure the surrounding bone does not get damaged. A small amount of bone-grafting material may be placed into the socket to help preserve the bone volume, especially if you plan to get a dental implant in the future.
What to Expect After Tooth Extraction
After the tooth is extracted, the socket will be covered with sterile gauze. This will help control bleeding. You may also get stitches to help with this. For a few days afterward, you may experience some discomfort or swelling. Taking ibuprofen or aspirin the day of your extraction should help with the symptoms. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to ensure infection-free healing. Using ice packs and eating softer foods may also be helpful.
A tooth extraction may be necessary to keep your other teeth healthy and avoid future dental issues. Although it can be scary to think about missing a tooth, such a procedure can sometimes make your smile even better. If not, then there are many dental restoration options available, such as bridges and implants. To see if you need a tooth extraction, call our office at (508) 947-4411 today.