Tooth Extractions - Burlington, MA
Comfortable Removal When Needed
Our number one goal is to keep your teeth healthy and your smile complete whenever possible. But sometimes, a crown must be removed to protect your oral and overall health. If you have a severely infected or damaged tooth, we may recommend extraction. There’s no reason to worry, though -- this is a routine procedure that is performed under local anesthesia for your total comfort. Keep reading to learn more about tooth extraction in Burlington from your trusted restorative dentist, Dr. James P. Kostas.
When Is Tooth Extraction Necessary?
There are several cases in which your dentist may recommend the removal of a tooth. Some of the most common include:
- Wisdom teeth: These are third molars that may come through in late adolescence until the early 30s. Wisdom teeth often do not have enough space to erupt smoothly, which can cause them to become trapped beneath the gums and cause an infection.
- Severe tooth decay: Tooth decay occurs gradually, and if it is not treated early, it will progress to the interior of the tooth. Once the interior pulp has been affected, a root canal can help rescue the tooth -- but if this is not possible, extraction will be recommended to protect your oral and overall health.
- Extra teeth: If you have too many teeth that are crowded into the gum line, we may recommend extraction before orthodontic treatment or to improve the alignment of the bite.
- Broken tooth: If a tooth is severely broken and cannot be restored with a dental crown, extraction may be required.
What to Expect from Tooth Extraction
Tooth extraction is performed under local anesthesia, which numbs the treatment site to ensure you do not feel anything throughout the procedure. Sedation dentistry can help to provide additional relaxation for patients who are nervous or anxious about the extraction. We will only begin once you are completely comfortable!
If the tooth is erupted through the gums and can be removed in a single piece, your dentist will extract it using a tool similar to forceps. For a broken or impacted tooth, your dentist will open the gums and remove it in several pieces. Dissolvable stitches may be used to close the extraction site.
If you have a surgical procedure to remove the tooth, your dentist will advise you to eat a soft foods diet and rest and relax to speed recovery. Rest with your head elevated and use an ice pack in 10- to 15-minute intervals to reduce swelling and inflammation. When everything goes like it should, you should be feeling back to normal after a day or two. If, however, you experience bleeding, swelling, or pain for a week or more, or if your symptoms get worse instead of better, get in touch with our office right away.
Don’t Fear Extraction
For a severely damaged, decayed, or painful tooth, extraction may be the only answer. Don’t hesitate to get the treatment you need! Dr. Kostas performs comfortable, efficient extractions with an immediate plan for replacement, if necessary. Go ahead and request an appointment with your dentist in Burlington today.