Your teeth are sturdy and designed to be there with you throughout your entire life. Sadly, not everyone is privileged to have all their pearly whites in their old age.
However, there are instances where our dentist in Salem, MA, may recommend that your teeth be pulled. When this is the case, tooth extraction is the only viable option to preserve your dental health. Contrary to popular belief, dental visits aren’t about extractions. Our Salem emergency dentist’s top priority is to save your natural teeth.
Tooth extraction is a simple outpatient procedure that is designed to remove one or multiple teeth. Extractions are performed under general, local, or intravenous administered anesthesia so that they can be comfortable and pain-free.
A simple extraction is performed when your tooth is visible and is above the gumline. However, if your tooth has not erupted, you might need to undergo a surgical extraction.
During your initial visit, our dentist will have a look at your teeth to ascertain whether your teeth can be salvaged or not. If, after a thorough examination, our dentist confirms that the situation warrants it, then your tooth will be extracted. However, we cannot stress this enough; tooth extraction is the last resort.
Extractions are deemed necessary under the following circumstances:
Our Salem emergency dentist will take X-rays of your teeth to have a clear picture of how your tooth looks. Taking X-rays is vital since it can help our dentist determine which procedure is appropriate for your case.
Before the procedure commences, our dentist will numb the area surrounding the affected tooth. This is done by administering local anesthesia to ensure that you are comfortable and not in pain. When the area is numb, our dentist will use an elevator to pry loose the tooth. During this stage, you might feel some pressure, but you shouldn’t feel pain. If you do, make sure to notify our dentist. Finally, forceps will be used to remove the tooth after it becomes loose.
Your socket will undergo three phases:
Some pain, discomfort, and swelling are expected during the first four days after an extraction. Typically, after two weeks, you can expect the swelling to have gone down. Then, after three weeks, you are due for a post-operative checkup.
If you need an extraction, contact our dentist at Salem Dental Group to schedule an appointment.