Tooth Extractions – Boston, MA
Put an End to Trouble Teeth
No one wants to say goodbye to their teeth, and extractions are never your dentist’s first choice. However, sometimes they are necessary in order to restore and maintain the health of your smile. When a tooth is damaged beyond the point of repair, it can cause problems in surrounding areas. That’s why at Turning Leaf Dental, we offer tooth extractions in Boston to put an end to trouble teeth and preserve the health of your smile. For more information on tooth extractions, contact our office!
Why Choose Turning Leaf Dental for Tooth Extractions?
- Same-Day Visits for Emergencies
- Dental Insurance Welcome
- Saturday Appointments Available
Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary
We always do everything we can to help patients keep their natural teeth, but sometimes it isn’t a viable option. Here are a few reasons why a tooth extraction may be necessary to restore your overall dental health and function:
- There is severe damage or decay to the tooth that is irreparable.
- To ensure a long-term success of a restoration – such as a denture.
- To allow for a patient to undergo orthodontic treatment.
- If a tooth is impacted and unable to properly erupt.
- When a primary tooth won’t fall out on its own.
By extracting trouble 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 will start by numbing the area around your tooth and use a clasping tool to shift the tooth around until it breaks away from the gumline. If pulling a tooth isn’t possible, the tooth will need to be surgically extracted. For this procedure, a small incision is made into your gum tissue to allow us the ability to reach enough of your tooth to fully remove it.
In order to determine which extraction method is necessary for you, come see us for a consultation where we can evaluate your smile. When we discuss your extraction, we will also talk about necessary tooth replacement options to prevent future oral health issues as a result of tooth loss.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Before you leave the practice, we will provide you with a specific aftercare plan to help you stay comfortable and avoid complications. Every case is different, but here are some steps we usually recommend for an efficient recovery:
- Rinse with saltwater 24 hours after your procedure.
- Avoid using tobacco products until your mouth has healed.
- Elevate your head while sleeping.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Take recommended over-the-counter and prescribed medications as directed.
- Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling and discomfort.
- Stay away from hard, crunchy, and sticky foods.