At Future of Dentistry, we’re not just interested in your dental health; we’re committed to helping you maintain overall health and wellness. That’s why we focus on the oral-systemic link; the way your oral health impacts your whole body. In order to preserve overall health, sometimes a tooth extraction is the best option.
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Why Get a Tooth Extraction?
We know most people don’t want to hear they need to have a tooth removed, but there are several benefits to having a tooth pulled:
Preventing Decay and Infection
When a tooth is suffering from decay or infection, it’s likely to spread. Not only can the decay spread to surrounding teeth, but infection can also impact your gums and, in serious cases, can even spread to the jaw.
We’ll always work with you to explore all options for repairing your natural tooth, but in some cases, tooth extraction is the best way to preserve your overall health.
A damaged tooth doesn’t exist in isolation. When one tooth becomes weak, it impacts overall oral health. Cracks can deepen to affect the tooth’s pulp, and cracks and breaks give bacteria a place to hide. What begins as a seemingly small problem can become a much larger issue if the damaged tooth isn’t addressed. Removing the tooth can prevent these problems from spreading.
Dental pain can quickly become overwhelming. Whether from infection or other health issues, sometimes tooth removal is the quickest and most efficient way to address the problem.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
The Tooth Extraction Process
The entire tooth extraction process can take place at our Dracut office, and we’ll make the experience as quick and comfortable as possible.
Keeping You Relaxed
We know the idea of having a tooth removed may fill you with dread. But our clinical team has tools to keep you calm and comfortable during your treatment. From our “comfort menu” to oral sedation options, we’ll work together to make your experience a soothing one.
The length of the procedure depends on the number of teeth being extracted and whether the extraction is simple or surgical.
If only one tooth is being removed, the procedure will likely be completed in under an hour.
In most cases, it only takes a few days to heal from having a tooth removed. Your dentist will explain what you can expect based on your procedure and provide aftercare instructions.
Be sure to take it easy for at least 24 hours after your procedure. Cold compresses or insulated ice packs may be used to help with pain or swelling.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Your wisdom teeth are an extra set of molars that typically grow in between the ages of 17 and 25. Unfortunately, the mouth often doesn’t have room to accommodate wisdom teeth, which leads to numerous problems.
Why Get Wisdom Teeth Removed?
When wisdom teeth begin to grow in, they may press against their neighboring teeth, pushing them out of alignment and resulting in crowding. This is especially true when wisdom teeth are impacted — meaning that they’re growing in at an angle.
As the wisdom teeth force the other teeth to move, the teeth may begin to overlap, causing both cosmetic issues and health risks. Overlapping teeth are more vulnerable to breaks and cracks, and when the teeth are too close together, they also become harder to clean.
Removing the wisdom teeth can stop these problems before they start.
The Wisdom Teeth Removal Process
Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common extraction procedures we perform. The first step is to have our dentists evaluate your wisdom teeth to determine if they need extractions and explain any other care that may be needed.
The wisdom tooth removal procedure is performed in-office and usually takes only an hour.
- We start by administering the anesthesia and sedation options you’ve decided on with our dentists.
- If necessary, an incision is made in the gums.
- The wisdom tooth is removed either whole or in pieces.
- The area of the removed tooth is cleaned.
- If necessary, stitches are put into place.
- Finally, gauze is placed over the extraction site.
Depending on the sedation options used, you may have some recovery time in our office. When you go home, you’ll leave with complete aftercare instructions, including pain relief information.
Call our Dracut practice to learn more about tooth extraction and wisdom tooth removal today: 978-957-1811