At Future of Dentistry in Chelmsford, we prioritize caring for and saving your natural teeth. However, there are some cases where a tooth extraction can be the right choice to help maintain your overall health.
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Why Get a Tooth Extraction?
Tooth problems rarely stay confined to a single tooth. Everything from cracks to infections can ultimately spread to neighboring teeth and can even affect the gums and jaw.
Here are some of the situations that may call for having a tooth extracted:
Preventing Decay and Infection
Whenever possible, we treat decay and infection by repairing your natural tooth. For example, a root canal combined with a dental crown may be used to treat decay that has reached the tooth’s pulp. Sometimes the decay or infection is severe enough that a tooth extraction is the best and only option.
If you suspect you have a problem tooth, call our Chelmsford practice at 978-970-2089 right away.
Addressing Damaged Teeth
When a tooth is damaged, we explore all repair options, including bonding, fillings, and crowns. However, in some instances, a tooth may be damaged beyond repair, or an extraction may be preferred over more expensive or time-consuming procedures.
Providing Pain Relief
When you’re experiencing severe tooth pain, having the problem tooth removed can provide immediate relief. Pain can also be a sign of infection, and removing the tooth will also prevent the infection from spreading.
The Tooth Extraction Process
At our Chelmsford practice, we make our procedures as comfortable and painless as possible.
Focus on Relaxation
Let our dentists and clinical team know how you’re feeling. We have various tools available to help you stay calm and relaxed during your visit. For starters, we offer a “comfort menu” which includes everything from magazines to neck pillows and stress balls. If further relaxation assistance is needed, you can talk to our dentists about oral sedation options for your procedure.
Quick and Efficient
One of the benefits of tooth extraction is that it can be completed quickly right in our office. While every procedure is different, simple tooth extractions are usually completed in under an hour.
The healing process from a tooth extraction is fairly straightforward. Your dentist will explain what to expect as you heal from your procedure, but we recommend taking it easy for at least 24 hours. After 24 hours, let your body be your guide and proceed with your normal routine as soon as you feel comfortable. You will be provided with verbal and written post-op instructions to refer to during your quick recovery process.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Why Get Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth tend to emerge during the late teen years when you already have a full set of teeth. Often, the mouth simply doesn’t have room for these additional molars.
As wisdom teeth grow in, they push on the neighboring teeth, which can be painful and lead to dental problems. The overcrowding caused by wisdom teeth can even cause cysts, infections, or cavities.
Wisdom teeth are also prone to not fully erupting, staying either fully or partially impacted, meaning they grow in at an angle. This can put even more stress on the neighboring teeth.
Wisdom teeth removal can prevent overcrowding or other problems before they start. Don’t wait to address your wisdom teeth. The sooner they’re removed, the easier recovery will be.
The Wisdom Teeth Removal Process
If you’re interested in wisdom tooth removal, begin by calling our office and making an appointment. Our dentists will spend time getting to know you and your dental and overall health.
Next, they’ll perform diagnostic tests to form a complete picture of your teeth and jaw. X-rays can show the position of wisdom teeth before they’ve broken through the gum line.
The wisdom teeth removal process can all be performed in our office and is usually complete in under an hour. Here’s what a standard wisdom tooth removal procedure might look like:
- First, we’ll numb you by administering local anesthesia.
- If surgical removal is necessary, we’ll make an incision in the gums.
- Next, the wisdom tooth is removed either whole or in pieces, and the entire area is irrigated and cleaned.
- If necessary, sutures are placed at the extraction site/s.
- Finally, gauze is used to stop any bleeding.
We’ll make sure you have all the information and tools you need for a smooth recovery process.
Call our Chelmsford practice to learn more about tooth extraction and wisdom tooth removal today: 978-970-2089