There are a number of different reasons you might need a tooth extraction. The most common reason is that your wisdom teeth are not growing into your mouth properly. This final set of four molars can often cause issues with your oral health if they don’t grow correctly, so they are often removed.
Tooth extractions may also be a “last resort” option when a tooth that’s been damaged by an oral injury, tooth decay or infection, or gum disease can’t be saved. In this case, it may need to be pulled and replaced.
Extractions are sometimes also used for orthodontic purposes, or to prepare for other dental treatments like dental implant surgery or denture fitting and placement.
Up to 10 million wisdom teeth are extracted each year, making wisdom tooth extraction the most common type of extraction by far! Contact us now to see if you need an extraction in Woburn.
Once your mouth is numb, your dentist will grab the tooth using special dental tools, and then loosen its connection to your gums and mouth by wiggling the tooth around. Then, they will extract it by pulling it out with a pair of dental forceps.
After the tooth is removed, the socket will be cleaned, sanitized, and stitched shut to allow your mouth to heal properly after your treatment. Then, the entire process will be repeated if you need to have multiple teeth extracted.
Once your treatment is done, you’ll be sent home with a set of recovery instructions to follow as you heal from your procedure. Follow them closely to heal properly after your appointment at Woburn Dental Associates.
No. Your mouth will be completely numb during your surgery, so you won’t feel any pain or discomfort. We also offer some sedation options for patients undergoing tooth extractions, which can help you feel more safe, relaxed, and comfortable.
While some pain will occur after your numbing and sedation wear off, this is normal. Follow your dentist’s instructions to minimize pain and speed up your healing and recovery time, and the pain should start to fade within 1-2 days.
Yes. If you’ve lost a tooth (except for wisdom teeth), you need to have it replaced. Losing one or more teeth can negatively affect your appearance, affect your ability to bite and chew, and make it hard to speak clearly.
Losing a tooth can also cause teeth to shift near the now-empty socket, and leads to the weakening of the jaw bone below the tooth. For all of these reasons, you should get a tooth replacement like a dental implant as soon as possible. Your dentist at Woburn Dental Associates can explain all of your options in further detail.