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Tooth Extractions in Wellesley, MA

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Even though our Wellesley, MA dental team makes every attempt to conserve and maintain your natural teeth, there are cases in which a tooth or teeth might need to be taken out. A simple extraction removes a tooth that's visible above the gumline. This is normally done for a tooth that's decayed or damaged and cannot be repaired. A surgical extraction removes a tooth that has not erupted over the gumline. Surgical extractions are most commonly performed to take out impacted teeth, like wisdom teeth, that do not have sufficient space to fit in your mouth. Regardless of the reason for getting a tooth extraction at Wellesley Aesthetic Dental Group, our staff is dedicated to providing you with high-quality dental care. Contact our office for more information or to schedule an annual exam to improve your oral health.

If your tooth has been broken, or damaged from decay, our dental team will make every effort to fix it with a filling, bonding, or a crown. However, a tooth might be too damaged and need to be extracted to prevent the damage from spreading or to conserve the health of the remaining teeth. You also might require a simple or surgical extraction to remove teeth that cannot fit in your mouth. This includes wisdom teeth removal, which develop around the ages of 17 – 21. In older kids, infant teeth that have not naturally fallen out might need to get extracted so they do not block the permanent teeth. If you're getting orthodontics or considering Invisalign® clear aligners, you may require a simple extraction to make space for other teeth when they move into their normal place.

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I originally came to Dr Rafla in 2021 for an implant. I live in CT and I wasn't able to get an appointment in my area. Dr Rafla was recommended so I called. I got an appointment with a couple days. The implant was perfect and Dr Rafla is amazing. I have a dentist in Connecticut but I continue to see Dr. Rafla every six months for a cleaning and check up. The hygienists do an amazing job. My cleanings at Dr Rafla's office just feel cleaner than my regular dentist. I end up paying out of pocket, but it's worth it for the cleaning and the check up.

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Dr. Lee did an outstanding job on my 2 crows. Her assistant Jessica was very helpful during the procedure. Elizabeth is a wonderful hygienist and very knowledgeable. Liz at the desk was very helpful regarding my dental insurance questions. The Wellesley Office location is clean, bright, parking is available on-site with multiple spots. Office provide friendly environment. Thank you.

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Today was my first experience with Dr. Rafla and his wonderful, efficient, but most of all kind staff. I went to this very much dreaded appointment with no idea of what to expect. My poor teeth are so sore and they are making everything difficult. I have horrible gagging reflex which makes everything harder for those that are trying to take x rays to be able to guide me into having a proper diagnosis and treatment. Trust me when I say I was a difficult patient. I expected the doctor to say there wasn’t much hope for them. Instead after reviewing what I was giving him to work with he listed off the perfect game plan. All aspects would be easier on me and my issues and seem to offer a perfect solution. I hope Coach Bill Belechick has competition in writing a game plan. Dr Rafla can give him a run for his money. In no time at all Dr. Rafla had a plan devised to ease my pain and fix the pockets in my gums. I am anxious now to correct these problems and move forward with the plan Thank you Dr. Rafla and team for being both gentle and kind with me today.

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Dental extractions are performed in our office with local anesthesia on the area near the tooth being worked on. Different types of sedation might be used depending on the degree of the procedure or to help keep you relaxed if you have any dental anxieties. When you're prepared, we will begin the procedure. For a simple extraction, we will loosen the tooth with a special device known as an elevator prior to removal. A surgical extraction entails making incisions in your gums so we can reach the tooth. If needed, the tooth might be broken up into smaller pieces so that it can be removed. Once the tooth has been removed, we will stitch the incision in the gums. We may write a prescription for antibiotics to be taken before and after the operation in cases where you may have a current infection, if your immune system is weak, if the procedure is lengthy, or if you have other specific health conditions.

If anesthesia other than local anesthesia was used throughout your extraction, you might be required to have an adult drive you home. As your mouth heals, you should avoid spitting, smoking, and using straws. Your recovery will vary based on the complexity of your tooth extraction, but most patients prefer to eat soft, cool food for at least a few days after the extraction. We will go over what is normal as you recover so you know what you expect, and we will also review the best ways to look after your mouth. Your gums will be inflamed after the procedure; however, over-the-counter pain medicine and cold compresses can help ease this. In some cases, you may be given a written prescription for pain medication and/or antibiotics. Along with some suggested follow-up visits, you should continue to schedule appointments at Wellesley Aesthetic Dental Group for dental cleanings and exams so we can track your health following an extraction.

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A tooth extraction is usually covered by dental insurance, but your sedation method may or may not be completely covered. Prior to your extraction, we'll contact your insurance provider to find out your particular policy and estimate your out-of-pocket costs. If you don't have dental insurance, we can talk to you about the many payment options we take as well as give you information on low-interest medical financing.

When you have a tooth that is damaged or if your mouth does not have space for a new tooth, tooth extraction may be necessary. Our talented team of dental doctors at Wellesley Aesthetic Dental Group can help improve your oral health. Schedule an appointment at our Wellesley, MA office to learn more about surgical and simple tooth extractions. We are proud to help Chestnut Hill, Brookline, and surrounding area Massachusetts individuals maintain their oral health.

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