Tooth Extractions

Tooth Extractions in Old Saybrook, CT

When you hear the word tooth extraction, you often think of a painful root canal or having a tooth yanked out of your mouth with large dental pliers. The truth is, sometimes extractions are necessary, not just to remove a tooth but to prevent other teeth from becoming damaged or infected.

The more you understand about extractions and how they work, though, the better your experience will be, and Saybrook Family Dental Care is here to provide extraction service whenever you need it.

Types of Tooth Extractions

Getting a tooth pulled can be a fairly simple procedure or a more complex one depending on your oral health, the position and condition of the tooth, and other factors surrounding the tooth itself.

Because of this, there are essentially two types of tooth extractions that our dentists can perform.

One is a basic or simple tooth extraction, where a tooth is pulled via pliers or another medical device and is removed from the mouth. If there are no other complications, this is a quick and easy procedure with minimal pain.

However, suppose a tooth is severely damaged. In that case, when the roots are exposed, multiple teeth need to be extracted, or there are underlying health issues, such as swelling around the tooth, impacted tooth, or bleeding. A complex or surgical extraction may be necessary.

In the case of a simple extraction, the dentist can remove the tooth using a mild anesthetic, and there is little discomfort. This is often the case with baby teeth that need to be removed.

The more complex the extraction, the more required to get the tooth out, and many times the extraction is necessary to protect other teeth and your overall oral health. This can involve cutting into the gum or removing the tooth’s root because of infection to extract the tooth itself.

Let Saybrook Family Dental Care Handle Your Extractions Today!

When the time does come for you to have a tooth extracted, it’s important to have a dentist near you that you can trust. Saybrook Family Dental Care wants to be that dentist to handle all your extraction needs.

FAQs

Why might I need a tooth extraction?

Tooth extractions are necessary for various reasons, including severe decay, infection, crowding, or damage.

Is a tooth extraction painful?

We use local anesthesia to ensure the procedure is as pain-free as possible. Post-procedure discomfort can be managed with pain relievers.

How long is the recovery time after a tooth extraction?

Recovery typically takes a few days to a week. Following post-care instructions helps speed up healing.

What should I do after a tooth extraction?

Follow your dentist’s instructions, including resting, avoiding certain foods, and keeping the extraction site clean.

Are there any risks associated with tooth extractions?

While generally safe, risks include infection, prolonged bleeding, or dry socket. Our team takes all precautions to minimize these risks.

Can I replace the extracted tooth?

Yes, we offer options like dental implants, bridges, or dentures to replace missing teeth.