Minimal Discomfort Tooth Extraction Can Improve Your Overall Oral Health

When other lines of defense fail, Dr. James M. Stein, DMD, can perform a tooth extraction at his Boston, MA, practice. Tooth extraction can alleviate the discomfort of a badly decayed or damaged tooth, as well as protect your overall oral health by minimizing the chances of potential future infection.

With precise tools and anesthetic treatment, Dr. Stein can ensure that the procedure is as comfortable as possible. Dr. Stein can also provide a beautiful, lifelike dental restoration to replace your extracted tooth.

Why Might You Require Tooth Extraction?

Image of dental x-rayWhenever possible, Dr. Stein will restore damaged teeth. However, in certain instances, tooth extraction may be more appropriate:

  • You have significant decay that has destroyed a large portion of the tooth.
  • You have a severely weakened tooth.
  • Your tooth is very loose in the socket due to gum disease.
  • Trauma, such as a fall or blow, has loosened or weakened your tooth.
  • You have an impacted tooth. This occurs when an erupting tooth - typically a wisdom tooth - cannot break through the gum or bone tissue surrounding it.
  • Your dental arches cannot accommodate wisdom teeth, and incoming molars will cause crowding and significant dental misalignment.

What To Expect during and After Treatment

Before extraction, Dr. Stein will take x-rays to examine your tooth and determine the simplest way to remove it. Then he will administer local anesthesia, as well as a more powerful sedative if desired. During a simple extraction, Dr. Stein will loosen the tooth with a gentle back and forth motion and then carefully lift it from the socket.

If you have an impacted tooth, or if your tooth has broken off near the gumline, Dr. Stein will perform a surgical extraction. During this type of procedure, he will create an incision in the gums through which he can access the tooth. Even these more complicated procedures usually involve minimal discomfort and take an hour or less.

With precise tools and anesthetic treatment, Dr. Stein can ensure that the procedure is as comfortable as possible, while renewing your smile and helping to ensure future dental wellness.

After extraction, the affected area may be a bit sore and inflamed. Over-the-counter pain medications and ice packs can reduce discomfort. You should eat a soft diet for a few days, and be extra careful when brushing around the extraction site. Rinsing with a saltwater solution will help to keep the area clean. Discomfort and inflammation usually abate within a few days.

Why Choose Dr. Stein?

Although tooth extraction can seem like a daunting procedure, when you receive treatment from Dr. Stein, the process will be simpler and more comfortable than you may have thought possible. Dr. Stein uses gentle techniques, and with advanced imaging technology, his precision treatment will affect minimal gum and jaw tissue.

In addition, Dr. Stein approaches dental extraction with a long-term outlook. Following tooth removal, jaw degeneration typically begins very quickly. Dr. Stein can combat this process with a bone grafting procedure, if necessary.

Along with extraction, Dr. Stein will also provide restorative treatment. There are various methods of replacing missing teeth, including the placement of bridges and dental implants. After evaluating your overall oral health, treatment goals, and budget, Dr. Stein can help you select the best restoration for you, which will blend with your smile and restore healthy dental function.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you have a severely decayed or damaged tooth, contact our office today to find out if dental extraction is right for you. Dr. Stein offers minimal discomfort tooth extraction to restore your oral health, eliminate pain, and place a beautiful, fortifying dental restoration.