Even with good dental care habits and despite all the modern advances in dentistry, dental extractions are still an unfortunate fact of life for many people. Our highly qualified and caring dentist, Dr. Jacob Stein can provide dental extractions in Northborough, MA, getting those problem teeth out of your way so you can enjoy better oral health.
What is a Dental Extraction?
As the name suggests, a dental extraction is the pulling of a tooth. This can be required for many reasons.
- Decay-If a tooth is decayed beyond the point of repair, the dentist will recommend an extraction.
- Trauma-A tooth broken in an accident may be broken beyond saving and require extraction of the bits that remain.
- Infection-As with decay, if infection has invaded the tooth beyond repair, extraction is required.
- Periodontal disease-Patients with periodontal disease experience a loosening of the teeth’s roots as the disease progresses. If they become quite loose and unusable, the safest and best thing to do may be to extract them.
What Should I Expect During a Dental Extraction?
Dr. Jacob Stein will make any dental extractions in Northborough, MA as comfortable and stress-free as possible. The warm, friendly, no-rush environment of our office carries over into all procedures here. If you need a dental extraction, Dr. Stein will make sure that the area is numb before proceeding. In cases with much infection, this can require stronger anesthetic than is necessary for numbing healthy tissue, such as in the case of an extraction due to overcrowding.
When the area is completely numb and you are ready for the procedure, the tooth will be rocked back and forth in the socket with a special dental tool to loosen it before it can be pulled out. If the tooth is not erupted, surgery is required. In that case, the gum is cut open and the tooth is removed, after which the gum is stitched back together. Sometimes, hard-to-remove teeth are taken out in pieces. After the extraction, you will experience some bleeding. Gauze will be provided for you to use until the area begins to clot. This clot is important to maintain, so certain actions, such as drinking through a straw or eating crunchy foods should be avoided for the first 24 to 48 hours after the procedure, as well as smoking. Dislodging this clot in the gum can result in a painful condition known as dry socket, following Dr. Stein’s instructions will heylp prevent this.
As with any dental or medical procedure, results will be individual. Rest assured that Dr. Stein will tailor his treatment to your unique needs.
For patients in Northborough, MA, dental extractions are as easy and painless as can be at Dr. Jacob Stein’s office. Call today (508) 393-8589 to learn more or request an appointment here. We’ll get back with you as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you!