If you are experiencing significant decay or tooth damage, you may need a tooth extraction. At Norwood Dental, our staff is equipped with the latest in dental technology and methodology to perform your tooth extraction with minimal discomfort and downtime.
As dental professionals, we do our best to help you keep your natural teeth healthy and strong. Sometimes, however, advanced decay or periodontal disease make it necessary for a tooth extraction. In these circumstances, extracting a tooth is the best course of action to improve your oral health and protect the adjacent teeth.
Tooth extraction is also used to treat overcrowding or as a result of injury to the tooth.
Before performing the procedure, your dentist will administer anesthetic so that you will not feel any discomfort during the extraction. Next, your tooth will be removed (this includes the crown portion and the roots).
A tooth extraction leaves the socket exposed. Your dentist will thoroughly clean the socket, removing any tooth fragments or infection. If you are undergoing a simple extraction, your dentist will most likely place gauze in the socket to control any bleeding. If you are undergoing a surgical extraction, your dentist will stitch up the extraction site.
After a tooth extraction, it is common to experience temporary soreness and sensitivities to cold or heat. Your dentist will prescribe medication for pain control or recommend an over the counter medication.
Once the extraction site is healed, your dentist will want to replace your missing tooth with a dental implant. This is an essential step in the process — not replacing the missing tooth can damage your other teeth and lead to more tooth loss.
If you are missing multiple teeth, you may be a candidate for a bridge or a partial rather than a single dental implant. Your dentist will go over your options with you at your appointment.
Our mission is stress-free, pain-free dentistry. We take special care to make our patients feel like they aren’t just seeing the Norwood family dentist; we want you to feel like part of the family! Whether you need extensive dental work or just a routine cleaning and exam, let us show you why your friends and neighbors choose Norwood Dental.