Even though trained general dentist Dr. James McDonough makes every attempt to conserve and preserve your natural teeth, there are cases in which a tooth or teeth may have to be extracted. A simple extraction removes a tooth that is visible over the gumline. This is typically recommended for a tooth that is decayed or damaged beyond repair. A surgical extraction takes out a tooth that has not erupted through the gums. Surgical extractions are commonly performed to remove impacted teeth, like wisdom teeth, that do not have enough room to erupt properly within your mouth. No matter the reason for having an extraction, our staff at Wollaston Dental Group will provide you with the highest level of care. We can also pair your tooth extraction with nitrous oxide to help keep you calm and relaxed during your procedure. Contact our team for more on tooth extractions, and get the quality care you need for your family's oral health.
If your tooth is broken or damaged from decay, Dr. McDonough will make every effort to repair it with a filling, crown, or other restorative option. However, a tooth may be too badly decayed, infected, or damaged and may need to be removed to minimize oral infection and improve your dental wellness. You or a family member might also require an extraction to remove impacted teeth if there is inadequate space in the mouth. This includes the third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth, which often attempt to erupt around ages 17 – 21. In older children, baby teeth that have not fallen out naturally may have to be pulled so they do not obstruct the permanent teeth. If you or your child is preparing to undergo orthodontics, tooth extractions may be recommended to create the space needed to facilitate tooth movement and achieve desired results.
What To Expect
Extractions are performed in our office with local anesthesia administered to the area around the tooth being removed. Nitrous oxide provides a mild sedative effect and may be used throughout the procedure to help you stay relaxed while minimizing dental anxiety and worries. As soon as you are ready, Dr. McDonough will begin the extraction procedure. In a simple extraction, Dr. McDonough will gently loosen the tooth with a special device called an elevator and then remove the tooth from its socket. A surgical extraction involves making incisions into your gums to reach the tooth. If necessary, the tooth might be sectioned into smaller pieces so it can be taken out more easily. Once the tooth has been removed, Dr. McDonough will suture the incision in your gums. He may write a prescription for antibiotics to be taken prior to and following the procedure if the reason for your extraction involves an infected tooth.
While your mouth heals, it is best to avoid using straws, smoking, and spitting. Your recovery instructions will depend on the method of your tooth extraction, but we recommend that most patients eat soft, cool food for a few days after the procedure. Dr. McDonough will talk to you about what is normal as you recover and offer suggestions on how to take care of your mouth during this time. Your gums, face, or jaw may be swollen after the extraction, but this can often be managed with cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication. In some cases, Dr. McDonough may provide a prescription for pain medication to aid in post-operative comfort. Besides any suggested follow-up visits, you should continue to schedule appointments at Wollaston Dental Group for dental cleanings and exams so Dr. McDonough can track your dental health following an extraction.
While an extraction is generally covered by dental insurance, nitrous oxide sedation may or may not be a covered benefit. Prior to your extraction, our business team will call your insurance provider to determine your specific coverage and estimate any personal expenses. Wollaston Dental Group is pleased to accept several payment types and can provide information on financing through CareCredit® to make getting the quality, personalized care your family needs worry-free.
Simple and Surgical Extraction
Removing a badly damaged tooth, an impacted tooth, or a tooth that lacks sufficient space to erupt may be the best treatment option to restore oral health and wellness to your smile. As an exceptionally experienced general dentist, Dr. McDonough is skilled in performing simple and surgical extractions in the most gentle way. Talk to our team at Wollaston Dental Group in Quincy, MA today to make a consultative visit with our friendly, caring team.