A simple extraction is a minor dental surgery in Woburn
Most extractions are a relatively minor dental surgery. In the hands of the experienced dentists at Four Corners Dental Care in Woburn, MA, you can expect a virtually pain-free treatment and minimal risk of post-procedure complications.
Types of extractions
An extraction is classified as “simple” when enough tooth is visible above the gum line for the dentist to take it out with forceps. The tooth is gently rocked to loosen it from ligaments and connective tissues, then lifted from the socket. Large molars may be cut into portions for easier removal.
A surgical extraction involves removal of soft tissue or bone (or both) to access the tooth. Sutures are needed to close the site. This may be necessary for:
- A tooth broken below the gum line.
- One with a curvy root that goes deep into the jawbone.
- Wisdom teeth.
Four Corners Dental Care handles both types of extractions. Our dentists provide referral to a trusted oral surgeon for complex cases.
Usually, only local numbing is needed. If you are nervous about the procedure, we can provide nitrous oxide an inhaled form of sedation, to help you relax.
These simple steps should result in an uneventful recovery:
- Bite gently on sterile gauze for about 30 minutes.
- Apply a cold pack for 20 minutes if there is swelling.
- Take an over the counter analgesic as needed.
- Rinse the mouth with tepid salt water.
- Brush and floss normally, but avoid the extraction site.
- Eat soft foods for a day or two, and don’t chew on the extraction side.
- Do not drink from a straw for at least seven days (to avoid dry socket).
- Do not smoke for at least a week, until the mouth is healed.
In our capable hands, you should be eating normally in a few days, and fully healed within two weeks. Call (781) 315-4456 to schedule an appointment.
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