Diamond Dental provides tooth extraction procedures. However, we usually do this when the tooth is beyond restoration and as the last option. The goal of our dental team is to save your teeth and maintain your dental health. If a tooth needs to be extracted and is not a wisdom tooth, we offer a variety of options to maintain the space, and/or replace it because missing tooth can lead to other dental problems and affect speech and chewing ability or cause shifting of other teeth. Dental extraction is required if the damaged tooth is absolutely beyond repair or restoration.
Tooth Extraction Procedure
Dental extraction procedure is the removal of a tooth from your mouth. Our doctors administer anesthetics to numb the affected area and help reduce discomfort or pain during the extraction. Extraction of a tooth lasts only a few minutes. Swelling and normal minimal bleeding occurs after the tooth extraction, and a gauze pads will be placed to absorb bleeding. This usually lasts about 24 hours. During this time, it is important to strictly follow the dentist’s post-extraction care, such as following directions for taking the prescribed pain medications and/or antibiotics, gauze replacement, limited physical activities, fluid intake and soft food diet. Some of the common reasons for tooth extraction are:
- Severe tooth decay or infection that has completely damaged the tooth
- Poorly positioned teeth that are blocking other teeth from coming into place
- Advanced periodontal disease or gum disease that has affected the tissues and structures around the tooth
- For orthodontic purposes, teeth may be extracted to make room for teeth that are being positioned into place
- Wisdom teeth
Post-Tooth Extraction Care
After the tooth extraction, it is normal to feel some pain and some swelling, which usually subsides within two days. We recommend using an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas on the affected are to help keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications and/or antibiotics as prescribed. Keep yourself hydrated with plenty of fluids and keep a soft food diet until swelling subsides. It is important to resume your regular oral care routine of brushing, flossing and rinsing once a day to help keep your mouth clean and prevent infection and speed up the healing. If bleeding turns heavy or bleeding persist beyond 24 hours, if you feel severe pain and swelling has not subsided after 48 hours, or if you have had an altered reaction to the prescribed medications, call Diamond Dental immediately at (781) 338-0818.
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Diamond Dental is a comprehensive dental practice based in Massachusetts that provides dental care for children, adults and seniors. To schedule your dental consultation, call us at (781) 338-0818 or Email Us. We serve the Massachusetts community of Malden.