What is a tooth extraction?
Even though Dr. Kevin Boulard makes every effort to save your natural teeth, you may lose a tooth or two in your lifetime. At Something To Smile About, we offer simple and surgical extraction for a tooth removal. We have two types of extraction processes available at our office. We can manually remove a tooth with a simple extraction technique, which takes out a tooth that's visible above the gum line. This is generally done for a tooth that is decayed or damaged beyond repair. A surgical extraction removes a tooth that hasn't erupted above the gum line. Surgical extractions are commonly preferred to take out impacted teeth, like wisdom teeth, because these are molars that are not erupting properly — and causing you an array of dental problems. Whatever the reason for having an extraction at Something To Smile About, our team will treat you with the best care. Our Merrimack, NH office offers different sedation techniques like nitrous oxide and anxiety medication. We want you to remain calm and comfortable throughout your treatment. Get in touch with our staff to find out more or to schedule an assessment with Dr. Boulard to enhance your oral health.
Who needs a tooth extraction?
If your tooth has been broken or damaged from decay, Dr. Boulard will make every attempt to fix it with a restorative. However, a tooth might be too damaged to save. A deteriorated tooth in this state will need to be extracted to prevent the decay from spreading — and to save the health of your remaining teeth.
You may need dental extractions for your wisdom teeth or any tooth that will not erupt from the gum line. The third molars, popularly called wisdom teeth, start to develop around age 17 – 21. In older kids, baby teeth that haven't fallen out naturally may have to get extracted so that they do not block the eruption of their permanent teeth. We also remove teeth for patients getting orthodontic treatment like traditional metal braces or Invisalign.
Dr. Boulard's tooth extraction techniques
Extractions are performed in our office with local anesthesia to numb the area near the tooth being treated. Other kinds of sedation could be used depending on the extent of the procedure and also to help keep you relaxed in case you have any dental anxieties. When you are ready, Dr. Boulard will start the extraction.
Simple tooth extraction
Because the tooth is visible above the gum line, Dr. Boulard will be able to loosen up the tooth with a special device known as an elevator. Once the tooth is loose, he should be able to pull it out with ease.
Surgical tooth extraction
Dr. Boulard will make an incision into your gums to access the tooth. If needed, the tooth may need to be broken up into smaller pieces to be removed. Once all of the pieces of the tooth are out, Dr. Boulard will suture the incision closed. Dr. Boulard may write a prescription for antibiotics to be taken prior to and following the extraction — in case you have an infection or a compromised immune system, or if you have some other special medical condition that slows healing.
Taking care of yourself after tooth extraction
Based on the anesthesia used during your extraction, you may need to have a responsible adult take you home. While your mouth heals, you need to avoid smoking, using straws, and spitting. Your recovery process will vary based on the complexity of your dental extraction, but many patients will want to eat soft, cool food for the first few days after the procedure. Dr. Boulard will speak with you regarding what to expect during your recovery and ways to take care of your mouth. Your gums will probably be inflamed after the procedure, so Dr. Boulard recommends over-the-counter pain medicine and cold compresses. Besides any follow-up visits, you should continue to schedule regular appointments at Something To Smile About for dental cleanings and exams so Dr. Boulard can monitor your oral health after an extraction.
When that tooth has to come out
Whether you have a tooth that is damaged or if your mouth does not have room for another molar, a dental extraction at Something To Smile About can be very helpful. We assist in improving your oral health and smile by taking out your troublesome tooth (teeth). Make a consultation with Dr. Boulard at his office in Merrimack, NH to find out more about simple and surgical tooth extractions. If you have dental worries or fears, ask about sedation methods to keep you relaxed and calm throughout the extraction process.