There are many reasons you might be thinking about removing a tooth. A tooth extraction may be considered necessary to stabilize your long-term dental health due to severe decay, tooth damage, crowding of teeth, and malocclusion. Sometimes a tooth extraction is not necessary, and we are able to save your tooth. We do our best to save a natural tooth before removing it completely. The more natural teeth you have, the better your oral health will be in the long-run. We will only recommend a tooth extraction when necessary and can coordinate care as needed. We will have a partnering local specialist remove your damaged tooth, or wisdom teeth. Our passionate dentists will be with you every step of the way.
A tooth extraction is completed during a single visit. You may be asking, is a tooth extraction painful? Your dentist in Westborough will offer several options for ensuring your comfort during the procedure. They will discuss the use of conscious dental sedation prior to your visit. Depending on what method is chosen, you may need a ride to and from your appointment. Some sedation options will leave you groggy after the procedure. While other sedation options will almost immediately go away after the procedure.
What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?
To perform a simple tooth extraction, the specialist will carefully disconnect the ligaments attaching the tooth to the bone and gum tissue. The tooth is slowly removed by gently rocking it back and forth in the socket. Once complete, the area will be cleaned and gauzes are placed in the cavity. This helps a blood clot form, and prevent any food particles from lodging and leading to infection. You will be provided with post-treatment instructions so you can recover as quickly as possible.
If the tooth is severely damaged, decayed or impacted in the bone (as is often the case with wisdom teeth), a surgical extraction may be performed in the specialist office and sedation options will be discussed.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
This is a common dental procedure preformed at Westborough Dental Associates. Everyone has wisdom teeth, but only a few can live with them without issue for their entire lives. Dentists recommend that wisdom teeth be removed between the ages of 17 to 21 to prevent any oral health issues down the road.
You might need to have your wisdom teeth removed if you:
- Are experiencing tooth pain in your back molars
- You see signs of tooth decay
- You notice cysts or tumors forming around the area
- Gum disease is prevalent
- Infection is occurring on nearby teeth
Excessive Bleeding after Tooth Extraction?
If you are experiencing regular bleeding a couple of hours (or days) after your tooth extraction appointment, contact us right away. A couple of things could’ve happened after your procedure. Stitches can become undone with too much movement, you might have caused accidental trauma to the healing area, or other damage could have occurred. It is important to see a dentist rather than try to stop the bleeding yourself. Call us, or schedule an appointment online today.
Tooth Extraction FAQs
What is a dry socket?
A dry socket is a painful condition that can occur after a tooth is removed. After a tooth is pulled, a blood clot will form and should remain there until the wound has healed. If it become dislodged or dissolves, dry socket may form exposing the nerves and bone.
What should I do if a dry socket forms?
You should call our office immediately if you think a dry socket has formed or if you are in intense pain after an extraction. A dry socket can be easily treated so there is no need to suffer in pain. It can also heal on its own but may be uncomfortable and painful.
When can I eat normal foods after a tooth extraction?
We recommend consuming soft food for up to 24 after the extraction. After 24 hours, you can slowly ease into eating normal foods that you are comfortable with.
How should I sleep after a tooth extraction?
We recommend sleeping in an elevated position for a few days following a tooth extraction. This will reduce your risk of discomfort, pain and will help decrease the swelling.