Extractions

Tooth extractions must be done for a variety of reasons, but we aim to reduce pain and recovery time as much as possible.

The first priority is to help save, restore, and repair your natural teeth, but sometimes a tooth extraction is unavoidable. Reasons for extraction may include overcrowding, preparation for braces, or pain. Depending on the specific case, certain medications, such as antibiotics, may be prescribed. Please be sure to disclose all medical conditions so that we can best accommodate and treat your needs.

At one time in the history of man, wisdom teeth (or third molars) were most likely an important part of our entire tooth structure, but that is no longer true. Because of a lack of adequate space in the jawbone for them, wisdom teeth that usually come in somewhere in our late teen years, often come in sideways pushing at an already established tooth, which causes the wisdom tooth to only partially erupt through the gums, or in some cases, it does not push through the gums at all and stays impacted under the surface. Bacteria can grow around a partially erupted wisdom tooth causing periodontal disease. Food can get caught between the wisdom tooth and the adjoining tooth creating tooth decay in both teeth. When a fully erupted wisdom tooth needs to be extracted, it is pulled like any other tooth. However, if the tooth is partially or fully impacted under the gum line and in the jawbone, an incision has to be made in the gums and the tooth, as well as a portion of the bone that is covering the impacted tooth, has to be removed.

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If you would like to arrange your initial consultation or you wish to understand more about extractions, please feel free to call us at (617) 734-5868.