At Future of Dentistry, we focus on the oral-systemic link. That’s because we’re committed to helping you maintain your best possible overall health, including dental health.
Because dental health can impact the whole body, sometimes a tooth extraction is the best option. Removing a problem tooth before the problem can spread is key to maintaining overall systemic health.
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Why Get a Tooth Extraction?
We get it, no one wants to hear they need to have a tooth removed. We always explore all the options for preserving and maintaining your natural teeth. However, sometimes tooth extractions are the best way to preserve your health.
You may be surprised to learn there are several benefits to having a tooth pulled:
To Prevent Decay and Infection
One of the reasons both decay and infection are such serious issues is that they don’t simply affect one tooth. Left untreated, decay and infection will spread. The longer these issues are ignored, the more serious the issue can become, including impact on the gums and jaw.
If you suspect you have a problem tooth, call our Billerica practice at 978-663-4303 right away.
To Address Damaged Teeth
When a tooth is damaged, the problem isn’t isolated to that one tooth; it can impact your overall dental health.
Breaks and cracks can worsen, spreading to the tooth’s pulp, requiring more drastic interventions at a later date. These cracks can also provide a home for bacteria, leading to decay and infection. Removing a damaged tooth can prevent the damage from spreading or from causing other, more serious issues.
To Provide Pain Relief
A toothache can range in severity from distracting to debilitating. And that pain often signals an infection or other serious issues. In these cases, tooth removal may be the quickest and most efficient way to address the problem. Having a tooth extracted can result in immediate pain relief.
Tooth Extraction Process
At our Billerica office, we make the tooth extraction process as quick and comfortable as possible.
Focus on Relaxation
We understand that having a tooth removed can be stressful. That’s why we’ve developed a variety of tools to make the process as soothing as possible. As soon as you arrive at your appointment, you’ll be offered our “comfort menu” so the relaxation can begin right away.
Quick and Efficient
We know you’re busy! While the exact procedure time varies depending on your unique needs, single tooth extraction is generally completed in less than one hour.
As part of your tooth extraction procedure, your dentist will explain the healing process that you can expect. In general, it only takes a few days to recover from tooth removal. At a minimum, you’ll want to take it easy for 24 hours after your procedure.
The healing process will be made more comfortable by following the aftercare instructions we provide, including the use of ice packs to help reduce pain and any swelling you may experience.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are one of the most common reasons you might need teeth extracted. Your wisdom teeth are the last molars to form in your mouth, usually during your teen years, when you already have a full set of teeth.
Why Get Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Often, there simply isn’t enough room in the mouth to accommodate wisdom teeth as they grow in. Compounding this issue, wisdom teeth are prone to becoming impacted — which means they grow at an angle that places additional pressure on the neighboring teeth.
This overcrowding from impacted wisdom teeth is not only painful, but can lead to other oral problems, such as cysts, infections, or cavities. To prevent this, you may decide to proactively undergo wisdom teeth removal. The sooner we are able to evaluate and remove the wisdom teeth, the more likely it is that you can have a speedy recovery.
The Wisdom Teeth Removal Process
Like all of our procedures, the first step is a comprehensive evaluation. Our dentists will look at your overall dental health and use diagnostic tools such as x-rays to form a complete picture of your teeth and jaw.
When you move forward with wisdom tooth removal, the procedure is performed in-office and usually takes only an hour.
- The first step is to administer the local anesthesia and numb the areas.
- When the tooth is beneath the gum line, an incision is made in the gums.
- The wisdom tooth is removed either whole or in pieces.
- The extraction site is irrigated and cleaned out.
- If an incision was made, stitches might be placed.
- Lastly, gauze is placed over the extraction site to help stop any bleeding.
It’s common to require some recovery time with us in the office. When you’re ready to go home, we’ll make sure you have everything you need to ensure a smooth recovery process.
Call our Billerica practice to learn more about tooth extraction and wisdom tooth removal today: 978-663-4303