Tooth Extraction

Robert A. Kelly, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Framingham, MA

If you have a troublesome tooth that needs to go, schedule a visit with Robert A. Kelly, DDS, in Framingham, Massachusetts. Dr. Kelly has helped countless patients restore their oral health with gentle and effective tooth extractions. To get started, make an appointment today by calling the office or book your visit with the convenient online scheduling tool.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

What is an extraction?

An extraction is a procedure where Dr. Kelly removes one or more of your teeth. Dr. Kelly practices conservative dentistry that aims to keep the natural structures of your smile intact. Sometimes, though, a damaged or infected tooth can cause more trouble than it’s worth. In these cases, your smile and overall health benefit more from its removal. 

What conditions require an extraction?

Some of the more common reasons that you might need to extract a tooth include: 

  • To prepare for full dentures
  • Crowding
  • Excessive tooth decay
  • Complications from gum disease
  • Infection

Some patients who undergo an organ transplant or chemotherapy will occasionally need extractions of at-risk teeth to reduce the risk of infection during their treatment. 

What is the extraction procedure?

First, Dr. Kelly uses a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the tissues surrounding it so that you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during your procedure. Then, he uses a tool called an elevator to loosen the ligaments holding your tooth in place, making it easier to extract from your jawbone. Once he’s gotten your tooth significantly loose, he removes it with a pair of forceps. 

After Dr. Kelly removes your tooth, he packs gauze in your empty socket and has you bite down to stop the bleeding. Eventually, a blood clot forms in the socket. In some cases, Dr. Kelly might use stitches to close up your extraction site to help speed up your recovery process.

What is the recovery process like after an extraction?

Dr. Kelly gives you specific instructions after your extraction detailing how to keep your mouth healthy and how to shorten your recovery period. Some common aftercare instructions for tooth extractions include:

  • Minimize rigorous activity for a few days
  • Use gauze to stop any bleeding
  • Apply ice packs to reduce swelling
  • Don’t rinse or spit forcefully for a day or so after your extraction
  • Don’t drink from straws or smoke cigarettes for a few days
  • Switch to a diet of soft foods for a short period

Dr. Kelly also prescribes pain medicine to help minimize your discomfort while you heal.

Don’t wait around any longer with a bad tooth. Schedule your extraction today by calling the office of Robert A. Kelly, DDS, or book your visit online.