Tooth Extractions – Norton, MA

Gentle, Compassionate Tooth Removal

Here at Norton Family Dentistry, we make every reasonable effort to help our patients retain their natural teeth for as long as possible. However, circumstances may arise that make it necessary for us to perform one or more tooth extractions. If we recommend this restorative procedure for you, you can be confident that we will do all we can to help you have a positive care experience. Continue reading below to learn more about how we perform gentle, compassionate tooth removal, and then get in touch with us if you would like to book a consultation.

Why Choose Norton Family Dentistry for Tooth Extractions?

  • Only Recommended as a Last Resort
  • Compassionate & Empathetic Team
  • Dental Insurance Welcomed

Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary

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There are a number of situations in which we might recommend one or more tooth extractions:

  • A tooth is so severely damaged or decayed that restoring it would be impractical or impossible.
  • Advanced gum disease has caused one or more teeth to become very loose.
  • It is necessary to make more room in the mouth for dentures or orthodontia.
  • An infection is present, and tooth removal is the best way to prevent the problem from spreading.
  • The wisdom teeth are threatening the health of surrounding tissues.
  • One of a child’s baby teeth did not fall out on time and is adversely affecting the development of incoming adult teeth.

The Process of Removing a Tooth

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In many cases, the tooth removal process is pretty straightforward. First, we numb your mouth so you will feel little to nothing during the procedure. Then, we use an instrument known as an elevator to lift the tooth from its socket. Gripping the tooth with forceps, we wiggle it in order to break the connective tissues holding it in place. We finish by cleaning out the socket and placing some gauze to control bleeding.

As part of the tooth extraction process, we often discuss tooth replacement options, which can help to prevent oral health complications in the future.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

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It can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks to recover from a tooth extraction. To facilitate a smooth healing process, you should:

  • Take prescribed/recommended medications as directed by our team.
  • Keep your head elevated when you rest.
  • Use a cold compress to minimize swelling.
  • After the first 24 hours, start rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. (Do not vigorously swish or spit. It is important to be gentle!)
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Do not smoke, drink alcohol, or chew tobacco.
  • Attend all recommended follow-up appointments, including those that focus on tooth replacement.
  • Give us a call if you run into any questions or concerns while you are recovering.
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