Tooth Extractions in Boston, MA

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When Are Tooth Extractions Needed?

Even though we make every attempt to save and maintain your natural teeth, there are cases where a tooth or teeth might have to be taken out. In these cases, a simple extraction removes a tooth that is visible above the gumline. Tooth extraction is typically reserved for a tooth that is decayed or damaged and can't be repaired. A surgical extraction removes a tooth that has not erupted over the gums. Extractions are most commonly done to remove the wisdom teeth and impacted teeth that do not have sufficient space to fit into your smile. No matter the reason for having a tooth extraction at Downtown Dental Partners – Boston, MA, our team will treat you with one-of-a-kind care. Our office offers multiple sedation techniques, such as nitrous oxide and oral-conscious sedation, which means you can remain calm and comfortable during your procedure. Contact our team to find out more or to schedule an exam with one of our incredible dentists to improve your smile.

Who Can Get Tooth Extractions?

If you have a broken or damaged tooth from decay, our team will make every attempt to fix it with a filling, bonding, or a crown. However, there are cases when a tooth may be too damaged and will have to be extracted to prevent further damage and save the health of the rest of the teeth. You could also need an extraction to remove a tooth or teeth that don't fit in your mouth, and this typically involves your third molars, commonly called wisdom teeth that develop around the ages of 17 – 21. In older kids, infant teeth that haven't naturally fallen out may have to get pulled so they don't obstruct the permanent teeth. If you're getting orthodontics or contemplating Invisalign treatments, then you may require a simple extraction to make space for the remaining teeth as they move into their normal place.

What To Expect from Tooth Extraction

Extractions are performed in our office using local anesthesia on the area near the tooth being treated. Different types of sedation might be used based on the degree of the procedure and if you need a little extra help staying relaxed. In a simple extraction, we will loosen the tooth using a special device called an elevator before removal. A surgical extraction involves making incisions into your gums to reach the tooth. If needed, the tooth could be broken up into smaller pieces so that it can be removed. Once the tooth is removed, we will suture the incision in the gums. We may write a prescription for antibiotics to be taken prior to and after the procedure, particularly if you have a current infection, if your immune system is compromised, if the procedure is lengthy, or if you have other specific health problems.

Recovering From Tooth Extraction

Based on the anesthesia used throughout your extraction, you might be required to have someone drive you home. As your gums heal, you should avoid spitting, smoking, and using straws. Your recovery process will depend on the method of your extraction. You will likely want to eat soft, cool foods for the first few days following your procedure. Someone from our team will talk to you about what to expect during your recovery and how to properly care for your mouth. Your mouth will be swollen after the extraction so we recommend cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication to help you stay comfortable. In some cases, we may give you a prescription for pain medicine and antibiotics. In addition to some suggested follow-up visits, you should continue to schedule routine appointments at Downtown Dental Partners – Boston, MA, for dental exams and cleanings so we can track your health after your extraction.

Insurance Coverage

A tooth extraction is typically covered by dental insurance, but your sedation method may not be fully covered. Before your extraction, we'll call your insurance company to find out your particular policy and estimate your out-of-pocket expenses. If you don't have dental insurance, we'd be happy to go over the numerous payment methods we accept along with information on low-interest medical financing.

Tooth Extraction for a Healthy Smile

When you have a damaged tooth or if your mouth doesn't have room for a tooth, a dental extraction at Downtown Dental Partners – Boston, MA, will help improve your smile and oral health. Schedule a consultation at our office in Boston, MA, to learn more about simple and surgical extractions for you or a family member. If you have dental fears and worries, ask about sedation methods to help keep you relaxed and calm throughout your procedure.

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