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Oral Surgery/Extractions

 Oral Surgery/Extractions

Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed.

Common reasons for tooth extraction include:

Tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired.

Tooth infection that is so severe that antibiotics or rootcanal treatment do not cure it, extraction may be needed to prevent the spread of infection.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease can cause loosening of teeth, necessitating removal of teeth.

To minimize teeth crowding


What to Expect With Tooth Extraction

Before removing your tooth, we will give you a localanesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed.

After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. You cangently 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 bridge.


What To Expect After Surgery

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.

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Change gauze pads before they become soaked with blood.

Relax after surgery. Physical activity may increasebleeding.

Avoid smoking.

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 drink.

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.