Tooth Extraction Can Eliminate Severe Decay and Infection to Preserve Overall Oral Health

An illustration of an impacted wisdom toothDr. Teddi Olszewski performs tooth extractions in order to alleviate dental issues such as severe tooth decay or overcrowding. Our Northampton, MA, team uses the latest dental technologies to ensure your treatments are as accurate, efficient, and comfortable as possible. Although it is usually preferable to preserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible, sometimes extraction is necessary to avoid the spread of infection and other complications. Dr. Olszewski will conduct a thorough examination before recommending tooth extraction for any patient.

When is Tooth Extraction Needed?

While there are consequences to removing a natural tooth, sometimes extraction is the only viable option to preserve your overall health. You may require tooth extraction if:

  • One or more wisdom teeth are causing discomfort or other complications
  • You have a severely decayed tooth that Dr. Olszewski cannot save with a dental crown
  • You have an infected tooth and root canal therapy failed to eradicate the infection

If extraction is necessary, Dr. Olszewski will discuss the procedure with you in detail and review your options for restorations, if applicable.

What Happens during the Procedure?

To keep our patients comfortable during the extraction process, Dr. Olszewski offers nitrous oxide inhaled sedation. Once you are comfortable, she will inject a local anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding gums. She will gently move the tooth back and forth to loosen it from the ligaments holding it in place.

Then, using forceps, she will carefully remove the tooth. Gauze is placed in the empty socket to stop the bleeding. You must apply gentle pressure by biting down on the gauze for at least an hour after the extraction.

You may experience numbness for several hours after the procedure. Until this subsides, you should not chew solid foods and you may find drinking difficult. You may also experience some pain and swelling for a couple days following the extraction. Dr. Olszewski may provide you with pain medication to minimize your discomfort. You can also use ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications to minimize swelling.

Although tooth extraction is always a last resort, it can preserve the health of your surrounding teeth and relieve the painful symptoms associated with serious decay and infection.

Tooth Extraction After Care

You may experience numbness for several hours after the procedure. Until this subsides, you should not chew solid foods and you may find drinking difficult. You may also experience some pain and swelling for a couple days following the extraction. Dr. Olszewski may provide you with pain medication to minimize your discomfort. You can also use ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications to minimize swelling.

To avoid dry sockets, do not drink through a straw for 24 hours following the procedure. You should also avoid alcoholic beverages and mouthwashes that contain alcohol during this time. Finally, we recommend limiting your physical activity for a few days.

Alleviate Your Pain and Discomfort

Although tooth extraction is always a last resort, it can preserve the health of your surrounding teeth and relieve the painful symptoms associated with serious decay and infection. Most dental insurance plans cover some or all of the cost of an extraction procedure. To find out if your decayed or infected tooth requires extraction, call our office at (413) 584-2902 or contact us online to schedule an appointment with Dr. Olszewski. She will carefully evaluate the tooth and determine whether extraction is necessary to restore your oral health.

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