Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime,
there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed.
tooth extraction include:
Tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be
Tooth infection that is so severe that antibiotics or root
canal treatment do not cure it, extraction may be needed to prevent the spread
Periodontal (Gum) Disease can cause loosening of teeth, necessitating
removal of teeth.
To minimize teeth crowding
Before removing your tooth, we will give you a local
anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed.
After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. You can
gently bite down on a cotton gauze pad placed over the wound to help stop the
bleeding. The removed tooth can be replaced with an implant, a denture, or a
In most cases, the recovery period lasts only a few days.
The following will help speed recovery:
Take painkillers as prescribed.
Apply an ice or cold pack to the outside of your mouth to
help relieve pain and swelling.
After 24 hours, rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water
several times a day to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
Change gauze pads before they become soaked with blood.
Relax after surgery. Physical activity may increase
Eat soft foods, such as gelatin, pudding, or a thin soup.
Gradually add solid foods to your diet as healing progresses.
Do not lie flat. This may prolong bleeding. Prop up your
head with pillows.
Avoid rubbing the area with your tongue.
Do not use sucking motions, such as when using a straw to
Continue to carefully brush your teeth and tongue.
After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. Some
stitches dissolve over time, and some have to be removed after a few days. We will
tell you whether your stitches need to be removed. Call our Arlington Dentist today at (781) 648-0279 and make an
appointment for a wisdom tooth extraction. We
also serve other nearby communities like Belmont, Cambridge, Lexington,
Medford, Somerville, Watertown, and Winchester.