Tooth Extractions Cambridge

Removing Severely Damaged & Compromised Teeth

If you are experiencing extreme sensitivity or are suffering from advanced periodontal (gum) disease, you may be required to have a tooth extraction. With tooth extraction in Cambridge, the dentist can safely remove the affected tooth.

Reasons for a Tooth Extraction

Dental forceps holding an extracted tooth

There are numerous situations in which a simple extraction can help alleviate pain or prepare you for another cosmetic or restorative procedure. Some common reasons for tooth extractions include:

  • Advanced periodontal disease that has loosened the tooth roots
  • Extra teeth or baby teeth that impede adult teeth
  • Preparing a patient for orthodontic treatment
  • Removing a fractured or malformed tooth
  • Severe tooth decay which cannot be remedied with root canal therapy

What Is It Like to Get a Tooth Extraction?

Illustrated dental instrument performing a tooth extraction in Cambridge

As a precaution, the dentist will first take X-rays of the tooth or teeth in question, to help plan the procedure. After preparing a treatment plan, patients will be given a local anesthetic that will prevent you from feeling pain during the procedure.

Next, the dentist will use a tool called an elevator to lift the tooth and loosen ligaments and gum tissue around the base of the tooth. Finally, the dentist will use a pair of forceps to gently rock the tooth back and forth until it breaks free of the ligaments holding it in the gum tissue. Occasionally, a stubborn tooth will resist the dentist’s soft tug, refusing to come out. In these and more complex cases, the tooth may need to be broken up into smaller pieces for removal. Once removed, we will pack gauze into the socket and have you place pressure on the area by biting down. If necessary, the dentist will place stitches to close the socket.