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Tooth Extractions – Belmont, MA

A Healthier Foundation For Your Smile

At EyeSmile Optometry & Dental Care of Belmont, we do our best to try to save your natural tooth, because we understand that there’s no replacement quite like it. However, there are certain situations in which it’s better for your oral health if we remove teeth that increase your risk of losing other natural teeth. In these situations, we’ll likely suggest tooth extractions in Belmont, MA.

Why Choose EyeSmile Optometry & Dental Care
of Belmont for Tooth Extractions?

Common Reasons for Tooth Extractions

Woman in need of tooth extraction holding jaw in pain

There are several reasons that you may require a tooth extraction, including:

How Tooth Extractions Work

Metal clasp holding extracted tooth

If a portion of your tooth that needs to be removed is above the gumline, Dr. Salibian can conduct a simple extraction. First, he’ll inject a local anesthetic to numb the area so you won’t feel any pain. Using an instrument called an elevator, we will loosen the tooth until it breaks free from the socket. Then, we’ll use forceps to gently remove the tooth from your mouth.

Tooth Extractions FAQs

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Since tooth extractions aren’t typically as routine as other treatments, like checkups and fillings, it’s natural for patients to have questions about this procedure. As always, our team is available to provide the specific answers you’re looking for at your initial appointment or, in some cases, over the phone. However, we know that some patients really value being able to do their research online first. For this reason, we’ve responded to a few of the most frequently asked questions about tooth extractions in Belmont right here!

Does Getting a Tooth Extracted Hurt?

Our Belmont dentist is proud to offer pain-free tooth extractions. Whether you are getting one tooth extracted or several, we will always start the procedure the same way: numbing your mouth and making sure you feel comfortable. Once you’re ready to get started, you may feel some slight pressure from our team working. If you’d feel more comfortable being sedated, we can make those accommodations as well.

In the hours and days following your appointment, you may feel some discomfort and soreness. Luckily, this isn’t anything that can’t be remedied with a cold compress or some OTC pain reliever. Just make sure to follow all of your post-op instructions to a tee. This will help ensure you have the smooth recovery experience you deserve.

Is There an Alternative to a Tooth Extraction?

The answer to this question will depend on each patient’s dental needs. For example, if a tooth has sustained extensive decay, then priority number one will be to preserve your natural tooth with a filling, dental crown, or root canal therapy. If the tooth in question has been compromised to the point where that is no longer feasible, then a tooth extraction is the only option. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns or simply want to review all of your available options, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist during your appointment! Remember, they are there to help you make an informed decision on what is best for your oral health.

What’s the Recovery for Tooth Extractions Like?

Once the procedure is complete, you’ll be given a list of aftercare instructions. These are designed to help you prevent infection and heal comfortably. Some of the most important best practices are getting plenty of rest, keeping your mouth clean, sticking to soft foods, not spitting, and refraining from tobacco use. To keep discomfort at bay, you can place a cold compress against the outside of your cheek for 10 minutes at a time and take OTC pain relievers as instructed. Around the 3-day mark, you should begin to feel better.

What Are My Options for Replacing a Missing Tooth?

Filling the gap in your smile following a tooth extraction is essential for both the look and function of your smile. For this reason, we will recommend a dental bridge, dentures, or dental implants. While dental bridges can replace between one and 4 teeth, they need to be in a single row for this tooth-replacement solution. Partial and full dentures are a tried-and-true solution that can address moderate or severe tooth loss, but unfortunately cannot stimulate your jawbone to prevent bone loss. Fortunately, dental implants can effectively replace one, a few, or an entire arch of teeth. Since the implant posts are inserted directly into the jawbone, they are incredibly lifelike, extremely stable, and able to last for 20+ years with proper care.

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