Having a tooth pulled in childhood or adulthood is sometimes necessary. Although permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, there are numerous reasons why your dentist may recommend a dental extraction. A common reason a tooth may be unrestorable is tooth decay or trauma that is too badly damaged to be repaired. Other reasons my be a crowded mouth in preparation for orthodontics, an extensive infection, or a risk of an infection.
What should I expect before getting my tooth removed?
Here at Joseph P Nore DDS, we explore every possible option for saving teeth before determining that an extraction is the only option. If it determined that the tooth is beyond repair making extraction the only alternative, we strive to ensure that you are comfortable during the whole procedure. Before this procedure it is important to share a detailed medical history with your dentist including any allergies, medications, and supplements. Following a thorough evaluation, your doctor will discuss risks and care relative to your care through a signed, written consent.
What to expect after a tooth extraction?
Following your extraction, you will be provided with specific instructions to care for the treated area after the procedure to promote healing and minimize complications.
What are my options after a tooth is removed?
When wisdom teeth are extracted, they do not need replacement. When any other teeth are removed, their absense may be problematic to the foundation of your smile and your ability to chew well. After your extraction site has healed, restorative options such as dental implants, dental bridges, or dentures may be appropriate pathways for treatment. Please visit our prosthetic dentistry page for more information on these options.
Can I be sedated for this procedure?
At Joseph P. Nore DDS, we do not administer sedation and do not put patients to sleep. However, most routine extractions are minor surgical procedures. Your comfort is our priority. Local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area where tooth is to be removed.
Got more questions? Please call 617-267-3334 to make an appointment and speak with your dentist.