Dental extractions are something that our Randolph dentist and oral surgeon are very well versed in. Over the course of their extensive careers they have fine-tuned their way of providing a gentle experience, even in urgent care settings including routine and emergency tooth extractions. If you need a tooth extraction in Randolph, see a specialist like our oral surgeon Dr. Erik or our gentle general dentist, Dr. Erik.
Should I have a tooth removed?
Typically, we strive to preserve natural teeth whenever possible. But there are instances where removing a problematic tooth is the best choice for some people. Here are just a few examples of when Dr. Erik might recommend having your tooth extracted:
You might be asking, “what about baby teeth?” If your child has an infected primary (baby) tooth, we highly recommend preserving it as long as possible. Premature tooth loss in children can result in atypical jaw development, impacted permanent teeth, and a host of orthodontic complications as they grow older. Primary teeth act as placeholders and guides during your child’s orofacial development.
What to Expect
Depending on the type of extraction you need—such as one that’s straightforward or is more surgical—a little numbing medication may be all that’s necessary. Sedation is also available upon request. Ideally, all you should feel is a bit of pressure and that’s about it. Surgical extractions are a bit more involved, but those treatments are determined on a case-by-case basis.
We’ll give you special instructions to ensure a timely, comfortable recovery at home. Stick to soft foods for a couple of days and take any medication as directed. A warm salt water rinse and anti-inflammatory (such as Motrin) can help reduce any discomfort caused by swelling.
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Replace Your Missing Tooth
Unless you are having a wisdom tooth removed, it’s important to replace your extracted tooth in a timely manner. Dental implants are a great option for tooth replacement. Otherwise, the space that is created can cause surrounding teeth to start to tilt out of place. The best thing to do is to have a plan for replacing your tooth shortly after it’s removed. Our Randolph oral surgeon offers a variety of tooth replacement options to consider, including dental implants and partial dentures.
Honest, Trusted Dentistry in Randolph
At Dickerson Dental Group, we treat you like one of our own. Our treatment recommendations and advice are the same that they would be if you were our own brother, sister, or child. Contact our Randolph dental office today to request a one-on-one with Dr. Erik.