Tooth Extractions in Sudbury, MA

What Tooth Extraction Can Do For You

It may seem counterintuitive to remove a tooth when one of the main goals of dentistry is preserving your teeth. However, sometimes tooth extraction is the best option in the interest of your lasting oral health. We recommend tooth extraction in cases where the damaged tooth threatens your overall well being.  

a young woman holding the side of her mouth and wincing in pain

Why You Shouldn’t Avoid Tooth Extraction

It’s normal to want to keep your natural teeth and we understand why you might feel some trepidation about tooth extraction. Not every infected, damaged, or misaligned tooth needs to be extracted, but there are cases where it shouldn’t be avoided. 

Failure to have a tooth extracted in cases where it is deemed necessary can lead to or exacerbate related issues such as:

  • Gum disease
  • Dental Misalignment 
  • Tooth decay
  • Infection
  • Tooth loss

Given the risks involved in keeping a tooth that is beyond saving, it’s imperative that you undergo tooth extraction once Dr. Ye has determined it’s necessary.

Reasons For Tooth Extraction

Cases where we may recommend tooth extraction include:

  • Extensive tooth decay
  • Severe dental trauma
  • Advanced gum disease
  • Impacted or misaligned wisdom teeth
  • Primary teeth that aren’t falling out naturally
  • Overcrowded teeth

Tooth extraction can also be necessary to prepare your mouth for beneficial dental restorations such as implants, bridges, and dentures.  

What To Expect From Tooth Extraction 

While the tooth extraction procedure can vary based on your treatment needs, routine tooth extraction usually follows these steps.

Step 1: Pre-Op Treatment

Before deciding whether or not to extract a tooth, Dr. Ye will examine your mouth and provide treatment. These treatments may include:

If these treatments aren’t effective at treating your teeth or gums in the following weeks, you’ll contact our office by calling us at (978) 443-3111 or filling out our contact form. Dr. Ye will then decide on extraction or additional therapy. 

a couple in the process of learning about tooth extraction

Step 2: Surgery Preparation

We’ll administer your choice of sedation and a local anesthetic to ensure your extraction procedure is painless and comfortable. We’ll make sure that both your anesthetic and sedative are working properly so you stay relaxed and pain-free during the procedure. 

Step 3: Tooth Extraction

Dr. Ye will use special tools to gently remove the affected tooth, eliminating the source of your dental health issues and helping your gums heal naturally. 

a close up of dental medical tools on a tray for a tooth extraction

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Once a tooth has been extracted, it’s essential for your recovery to care for the surgical area and take steps to ensure that you’re healing  properly. To support an efficient recovery, follow these and any other instructions given to you by Dr. Ye:

  • Bite on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes to apply pressure to the wound and staunch the bleeding immediately after your appointment. You may have to do this several times.
  • Don’t rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol and soda, or clean the teeth around the extraction site for 72 hours. Limit strenuous exercise for the next 24 hours. Failure to follow these instructions may cause more bleeding and increase your risk of infection.
  • To minimize swelling, apply an ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn to the site.
  • After the first 24 hours, gently rinse your mouth with a teaspoon of salt dissolved in 8oz of warm water three to four times a day and after you’ve eaten.
  • Take pain and antibiotic medications as prescribed.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious, soft foods.

Frequently Asked Questions