At Dental Partners of Boston, we prioritize preserving your natural teeth and the natural structure of your mouth. But occasionally, a tooth extraction is necessary. We explore all of our options before we consider an oral surgery, and pulling teeth is a last resort for our dental team. In order to keep you informed and help you feel comfortable, we'll explain what we consider before performing a tooth extraction, as well as what you can expect in the event that an extraction is necessary. Our commitment to premier dentistry and the well being of our patients has led many to recommend us as a Boston dentist.
Before we'll remove one of your permanent teeth, we'll consider all other options. First, we'll decide if it is possible to save the tooth with a filling. When the decay is small or only partial, the cavity can be removed and filled with a natural looking resin. If the damage is more severe and affects the tooth's pulp, a root canal may be necessary. With a root canal, even deep decay can be removed while still saving your adult tooth. The inside of your tooth will be cleansed and disinfected, then covered with a crown. Even when an initial root canal fails, microscope-assisted endodontics may save your damaged tooth/teeth from needing to be extracted. During this more advanced root canal surgery, digital imaging and operating microscopes will be used to treat damaged root surfaces and surrounding bone. With each of these options, our staff will talk with you beforehand to help you feel confident with the procedure and the results you can expect. We'll also work to make you comfortable during the procedure.
Sometimes, however, there is nothing that can be done to avoid a tooth extraction; the decay or damage is too severe to allow the tooth to heal. At Dental Partners of Boston, we still want you to feel comfortable and confident with the outcome of your procedure. We'll work with you to create an extraction plan that is right for you. Before a tooth is pulled, local anesthetic will be used to numb the area. While you are numb, the damaged tooth will be removed either all at once or in pieces. A few stitches and gauze and you're done! We'll also give you instructions to help you heal without complications. It is our priority that you feel calm and comfortable during an extraction; if you are feeling anxious about the process, talk to one of our staff members to address your concerns.
The variety of experts on our team also allows Dental Partners of Boston to offer many different dental prosthetic options after a tooth extraction. An implant, fixed bridge, or denture can keep your smile looking brilliant, while maintaining the function of your teeth. Dental implants are an especially great option because they work in ways that are similar to your natural teeth. For example, the root of the implant stimulates the bone below the root in the same way your permanent tooth did. This keeps the bone strong as new growth occurs and bone density increases. Read more on our website about the procedures and benefits associated with dental implants. Our dental team can help design a customized prosthetic plan to meet your individual needs.
If you are looking for a dentist in Boston, MA, give us a call. Our diverse team of dental experts can give you the care and service that you need to maintain a healthy mouth and beautiful smile.
Sergio A. Guzman