At Atlantic Dental Partners, we have all you need to protect and restore your teeth. However, even with routine general dental care, there are times when a tooth becomes damaged beyond what a filling, crown or root canal can repair. In such cases, it may be better to remove the tooth altogether. You can trust that we have a skilled team of dentists who deliver excellence when it comes to tooth extractions. We only recommend removing a natural tooth when it is in the best interest of your long-term dental health. During this short procedure, our dentists use a gentle and precise technique to preserve surrounding bone and tissue as much as possible. A tooth extraction may be necessary for the following situations:
- Severe decay
- Advanced gum disease
- Orthodontic correction
- Broken/fractured tooth or tooth roots
- Impacted teeth (wisdom teeth)
Regardless of the reason for your tooth extraction, you can expect us to take extra measures to reduce your discomfort throughout your procedure. We offer sedation dentistry to help you relax, and our modern amenities help you feel at home in our office. Before you leave, one of our dentists will carefully explain your post-operative instructions, including ways you can minimize pain and accelerate healing at the extraction site.
Losing a natural tooth can often bring anxiety and worry. At Atlantic Dental Partners, we do everything we can to educate our patients on the best long-term plan following a tooth extraction. In most cases, this should include replacing the missing tooth. Our Jamaica Plain and Malden dentists are uniquely qualified to provide complete implant dentistry. Dental implants are the gold standard solution in tooth replacement, with the ability to replicate your natural tooth in look, feel and function.
To learn more about tooth extractions at Atlantic Dental Partners, please contact us today. We are here to reduce your anxiety and restore your smile the way you deserve!
Tooth Extraction FAQs
Can I go back to work or school after a dental extraction?
Dental extractions are a type of oral surgery, so we recommend taking at least the rest of the day off after you have a tooth removed. If you have more than one tooth removed, it's not a bad idea to plan to take a few more days off from your normal routine. Doing anything too strenuous after having a tooth removed like exercising can cause the blood clot in the socket to come loose, which can slow the healing process.
What can I eat after a dental extraction?
Once the numbness wears off, you should stick to eating soft foods for a few days and try to chew with the other side of your mouth if possible. Foods like applesauce, yogurt, cream of wheat, scrambled eggs, avocado, and pudding are all great choices. Be careful not to drink anything through a straw during your recovery process, as the suction created in the mouth can cause a painful complication called a dry socket, which disrupts healing.
What are my tooth replacement options?
Atlantic Dental Partners offer several excellent choices for replacing natural teeth. We offer everything from traditional dental bridges, implant-supported bridges, and partial dentures to dental implants, traditional full dentures, and All-on-4® dentures. Each choice has its own unique benefits, and our team would be happy to go over each option that you are interested in to determine which tooth-replacement method is right for your smile.