Tooth Extractions An Overview
Nashua, New Hampshire dentists Dr. Tara Vogel and Dr. Keith Levesque will always strive to conserve your natural oral structure and avoid a tooth extraction whenever possible.
However, there are situations where a tooth extraction is necessary for your general oral health or tooth development.
A tooth extraction entails the removal of teeth from the dental socket in the bone. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, but most commonly to remove teeth that have become unrestorable through tooth decay, gum disease, or dental trauma, especially when they are associated with a toothache.
The removal of wisdom teeth is a common type of tooth extraction. In many cases, we can perform a tooth extraction in our Nashua dental office; however, there may be cases where we refer you to a local oral surgeon.
Once the tooth is removed (unless it’s a wisdom tooth), it is important to replace it.
At Levesque Dentistry, we offer a variety of treatment options for missing teeth. The most common treatments include dental implants and implant-secured bridges and dentures.
Tooth Extractions What to Expect
A simple tooth extraction is performed using a local anesthetic, producing minimal discomfort for most patients. Once you are relaxed and comfortable, Dr. Vogel or Dr. Levesque will gently release the tooth by separating it from the ligaments and attaching it to the bone and gum tissue.
With a rocking motion, the tooth will slowly be removed from its socket. We will place stitches if needed or fill the space with gauze to minimize bleeding.
You will be given any pertinent aftercare information and may need to be on a soft diet for a short period of time for an easy, healthy recovery.
If at any time after an extraction you experience sudden or acute pain or bleeding restarts, contact us immediately so we can assess your condition and offer care or advice.
If you have wisdom teeth coming in or have severely infected teeth, we can help. Schedule an appointment with us online or call Levesque Dentistry today at (603) 547-9203.