Tooth Extractions in Woburn, MA
Simple Extraction vs. Surgical Extraction
Simple tooth extractions are generally used to remove teeth that are visible above the gum line. This type of extraction involves using a dental elevator and forceps to loosen the tooth, then removing it with an upward motion. While this method is generally quick and painless, some patients may require sedation prior to the procedure due to anxiety or fear.
Surgical extractions are typically used for teeth that are impacted, or those that are not visible above the gum line. During a surgical extraction, our oral surgeon will make an incision in the gums and remove bone tissue if necessary. Once the tooth is exposed, forceps may be used to extract it from its socket. Surgical extractions can take longer than simple extractions due to the complexity of the procedure.
Reasons for Getting Your Teeth Removed
1. Severe Tooth Decay
2. Orthodontic Treatment
3. Impacted Wisdom Teeth
The Tooth Extraction Procedure
1. Cleaning and Numbing
2. Loosening the Tooth
Next, we will use a dental elevator and forceps to loosen the tooth from its socket. In some cases, we may need to cut away some of the gum tissue in order to access the tooth more easily.
3. Extracting the Tooth
4. Closing the Socket
Aftercare Following Your Dental Extraction
Here are some tips to help you through the healing process:
- Gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water or an antiseptic rinse to help keep the area clean and prevent infection. You can also apply an ice pack to the area for 10 minutes at a time to reduce pain and swelling.
- Take your prescribed medications as directed in order to manage pain and reduce inflammation.
- Avoid crunchy or hard foods, which can irritate the extraction site and delay healing. Stick to soft foods like applesauce, yogurt, oatmeal, and soups for a few days after the dental procedure.
- Take it easy for the first 24 hours and avoid strenuous activities that can dislodge the blood clot.
- It is important to stay hydrated following your procedure to avoid dry sockets.