Tooth Extractions – Bloomfield, CT

A Step Toward Improved Oral Health

Smiling patient attending appointment for tooth extractions in Bloomfield

As your dentist in Bloomfield, we want to help you retain all of your natural teeth for as long as possible. Unfortunately, though, tooth removal is sometimes the best way to support an individual’s oral health. If that is ever true in your case, rest assured that we will handle the procedure as gently as possible. Read on below to learn more about reasons for tooth extractions and what to expect during this treatment.

Why Choose Family Dental Practice of Bloomfield for Tooth Extractions?

  • Gentle, Compassionate Team
  • Wisdom Tooth Extractions Available
  • Multiple Sedation Options

Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary

Illustration of decayed tooth, which may need to be extracted

Here are some examples of circumstances that may necessitate one or more tooth extractions in Bloomfield:

  • Severe damage or decay has affected a tooth to the point where other restorative treatments would be ineffective.
  • It is necessary to remove a tooth to make room for orthodontic treatment.
  • A primary (baby) tooth has not fallen out in a timely manner.
  • A tooth is impacted (stuck beneath the gumline) and posing a threat to the tissue around it. This is commonly the case with wisdom teeth.
  • Advanced gum disease has caused one or more teeth to become loose.

The Process of Removing a Tooth

Close-up of hand holding tooth after extraction procedure

There are two main categories of tooth extractions:

During a simple extraction, we use an elevator to slightly lift the tooth out of its socket. Next, we grip it with forceps and rock it back and forth in order to break the connective tissues that are keeping it in place.

During a surgical extraction, we may have to create incisions in the gums or break a tooth into pieces in order to remove it.

Whichever type of extraction you undergo, you can be sure that we will do everything we can to make you comfortable during your procedure. For example, we will numb your mouth. We may also sedate you.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Woman napping on couch after dental procedure

To facilitate an easy and complication-free recovery, you should:

  • Take any medications as recommended by your dentist.
  • After the first 24 hours of your recovery, start rinsing your mouth with salt water a few times each day.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Do not use a drinking straw.
  • Keep your head propped up on pillows while sleeping.
  • Get plenty of rest.

You should also be sure to attend all recommended follow-up appointments with your dentist. They will monitor your recovery and let you know when you are eligible for tooth replacement. Replacing lost teeth as soon as possible can prevent future dental problems, such as misaligned teeth, further tooth loss, and bone deterioration in the jaw.

Tooth extractions are nothing to be afraid of. Contact us today to learn more about this procedure.