Severely damaged, decayed, and impacted teeth may need a surgical tooth extraction. At Quincy Dentist & Prosthodontist, we strive to save every tooth. Saving a tooth is less expensive and easier to restore than removing and replacing it. Unfortunately, it can be necessary if it is affecting your overall oral health. Surgical tooth extractions usually require stitches to ensure the area heals properly. Replace the tooth is essential to avoid more dental issues. Your teeth replacement options like dental implants and bridges will be discussed during your consultation.
Is this a common procedure?
Surgical tooth extractions are common especially for wisdom teeth. Patients may not be bothered by their wisdom teeth but they can cause dental issues. Wisdom teeth lead to overcrowding, decay, and gum disease. Removing them will ensure that your other teeth do not shift unnaturally and that you are protected from dental issues.
What can I expect from this procedure?
After the procedure, wait 24 hours to clean your teeth. Chew soft food on the opposite side of the affected area. You may even consider a liquid diet for the first 2 days. Rinse with salt water after each meal to remove food and bacteria from the area. You may notice swelling which is normal. Use cold packs and take medication as prescribed. It is very important to avoid the following for an easier recovery:
- Drinking from straws
- Hot drinks
- Harsh rinsing
Surgical tooth extractions are safe procedures and rarely cause complications. Contact us or visit your nearest hospital if you experience:
- Developing pain
- Excessive bleeding
- Shortness of breath
- Fever, nausea, or vomiting
We’ll determine if a tooth extraction is needed with a dental exam and consultation. Sometimes, tooth extraction is followed by teeth replacement which we will discuss during your visit. Do not hesitate to contact us. Call (617) 328-5060 or book an appointment online.