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Safe, Smooth & Comfortable Tooth Removal

Removing one or more natural teeth will never be a first choice for Dr. McVety and our team; we always strive to keep our care approach conservative and preserve our patients’ smiles for as long as possible. However, there are situations where extraction is truly the best option for a patient’s well-being and health, such as:

  • When a tooth has been traumatically injured and cannot be rebuilt
  • When advanced periodontal disease is present
  • When a tooth is suffering from extensive decay and cannot be revitalized
  • When a patient needs orthodontic treatment and additional room must be created in the mouth

Rest assured that our team at Casco Bay Smiles uses highly modern tools and techniques to keep patients at ease throughout the extraction procedure. Additionally, we offer top-tier reconstructive services for rebuilding attractive, functional teeth (if necessary), including comprehensive dental implant treatment.

Why Choose Casco Bay Smiles for Tooth Extractions in Falmouth?

  • Revolutionary Diagnostic Technology, Including 3D X-Rays With CBCT Scanner
    • When it comes to getting a tooth extraction, you want to ensure that your Portland area dentist has access to the most up-to-date diagnostic technology so they can accurately diagnose any issue with your teeth before any procedure. 3D X-rays with CBCT scanner allow us to get an accurate picture of what’s going on with your teeth before performing an extraction so we can ensure that everything goes smoothly and quickly.
  • Sedation Dentistry Available
    • We understand that getting a tooth extraction can cause stress and anxiety for many people. Which is why we offer sedation dentistry options at our office. Our experienced staff will work with you to find the right sedation option that is best for you so that you can relax during your tooth extraction procedure.
  • Experienced & Highly Trained Dentist
    • One of the most significant factors when choosing where to get your tooth extractions done near Portland, ME, is ensuring that you have an experienced and highly trained dentist doing the procedure. At Casco Bay Smiles, our team of dentists are board certified by the American Dental Association (ADA) and have years of experience performing tooth extractions in the Portland, ME, area. With their combined knowledge, expertise, and skill set, you can rest assured that you are getting the best care possible for your dental health needs.

Tooth Extraction Process

Model of damaged tooth

Our dental office in Falmouth takes every precaution to ensure your tooth extraction is as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Before beginning the procedure, your dentist will numb your tooth, jawbone, and gums with a local anesthetic so you won’t experience discomfort.

During the procedure, slight pressure may be felt as the doctor removes the affected tooth or teeth. If you feel uncomfortable at any point, please let us know immediately.

A tooth may sometimes be so firmly attached to the socket that its extraction requires a little more. This is when sectioning may be necessary. Through careful cutting, your dentist can divide the stubbornly-embedded tooth into pieces and take them out one by one.

After Tooth Extraction

Girl holding up tooth next to mouth

After tooth extraction, your body should form a protective blood clot over the wound. To help encourage this process, bite down on a gauze pad firmly for 30-45 minutes after leaving your appointment – if necessary, you can keep repeating this step to help with any bleeding or oozing.

After the clot forms, it is crucial not to disturb it. Avoid rinsing too vigorously, smoking cigarettes, sucking on straws, drinking alcohol, or brushing your teeth next to the extraction site for the next 72 hours. Even intense physical activity should be avoided for 24 hours.

After tooth extraction, you may experience some discomfort and swelling. To keep the area from becoming too inflamed, apply an ice pack or a pack of frozen vegetables to your face for up to 48 hours. This should help reduce swelling.

To help ensure the best recovery after treatment, take your pain medication as instructed and speak with our office if any relief isn't felt. Antibiotics should also be taken for the suggested duration. Additionally, staying hydrated and consuming healthy soft foods on extraction day can assist in a successful recovery.

Make sure to resume your regular brushing and flossing routine within 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will not only help promote healing but will also help keep your mouth fresh and clean. The dental office will give you specific written instructions.

However, call the Falmouth office immediately if you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, or swelling for more than 2-3 days after your tooth extraction.

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