In a perfect world, you’d keep all of your permanent teeth, but sometimes extractions are necessary. If you develop a cavity or severely damage a tooth, extractions can limit your pain and prevent further problems. At Riverside Dental Associates in Haverhill, Massachusetts, Suzana Tejada, DMD, and her team regularly perform dental extractions using safe, effective means. To request your consultation today, call the office.
A tooth extraction is a minor surgical procedure used to remove a damaged or decaying tooth. You might also benefit from an extraction if you have a crowded mouth or you’re preparing to undergo chemotherapy.
The team at Riverside Dental Associates performs extractions onsite as an outpatient procedure. Prior to extracting your tooth, your dentist administers local anesthesia, ensuring you’re comfortable. Extractions might seem frightening, but they’re usually pain-free and take less than an hour.
Prior to performing an extraction, your dentist conducts an oral exam and reviews your medical history. They also take a series of X-rays to look at your tooth roots and jaws.
During your appointment, make sure to let your dentist know about any chronic medical conditions you have, such as kidney disease, diabetes, or liver disease. These conditions won’t disqualify you from getting an extraction, but your dentist may want to make sure they’re stable before moving forward with treatment. If you have a weakened immune system or specific medical condition, your dentist might also prescribe antibiotics prior to treatment.
On the day of your operation, show up 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment. You should also have a friend or family member available to drive you home.
The type of extraction you’ll most benefit from depends on the location and appearance of your tooth. The team at Riverside Dental Associates might recommend:
If your tooth is visible and not impacted, your dentist performs a simple extraction. During a simple extraction, your dentist uses a tool called an elevator to lift your tooth. After lifting your tooth, your dentist uses forceps to carefully remove it.
If you have an impacted tooth (or teeth), your dentist might recommend a surgical extraction. A surgical extraction involves your dentist making an incision along your gum line to reveal the impacted tooth. Your dentist cuts the tooth and bone into sections and carefully extracts the pieces using forceps.
Following your extraction, you’ll probably experience some pain, swelling, and general discomfort. The team at Riverside Dental Associates recommends taking at least 24 hours off of work or school and getting plenty of rest.
For the first 24 hours, avoid using a straw or rinsing your mouth. You should also take your medications as prescribed and not smoke. Your mouth should heal within a week.
If you’re suffering from a toothache and suspect you might need an extraction, request an appointment at Riverside Dental Associates today by calling the office or request an appointment online.