Oral Surgery in Somersworth
Godfrey Dentistry provides oral surgery in Somersworth, NH. Call 603-692-2045 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
For your convenience, Dr. Godfrey offers a number of oral surgery procedures right here in our Somersworth office. This means you won’t need to find a specialist or coordinate appointments at two separate practices.
The overarching goal of dentistry is always to preserve your natural teeth so you can keep them for a lifetime. There are times, however, when a tooth may be so compromised that the only way to restore your oral health is to remove it. Dr. Godfrey offers gentle tooth extractions using a combination of local anesthesia and safe sedation options to ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed throughout your procedure.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Wisdom tooth extraction used to be a rite of passage for young adults, but the current best practice is to leave them in place unless they are causing oral health concerns. Because of the location of wisdom teeth at the back of the mouth, it’s common for them to cause crowding and be prone to decay and infection, in which case extraction is needed.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Dental Implant Placement
If you’re interested in an implant restoration, you will need to have a simple oral surgery procedure to place your dental implants in the jaw. Once dental implants have successfully integrated with your jawbone, a crown, bridge, or denture can be attached to them to replace the visible portion of your missing tooth or teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions About Oral Surgery
What is considered oral surgery?
Oral surgery is a surgical procedure performed in or around the mouth and jaw.
Is oral surgery a major surgery?
There are oral surgery procedures that are major surgeries, but the ones we perform at our office are minor.
Is wisdom tooth removal painful?
Wisdom tooth removal is not painful because your tooth and the area surrounding it will be numbed with local anesthetic. Following your procedure, you are likely to experience some soreness and swelling at the site; patients who have had impacted wisdom teeth removed will have more discomfort. Cold compresses and over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to alleviate these symptoms.
When should a tooth be extracted?
A tooth should be extracted if it has a fracture below the gum line, if it is badly infected and has a poor prognosis for root canal therapy, or if room needs to be made for orthodontic treatment.
Can an extracted tooth be replaced?
Yes, teeth that are extracted should be replaced, unless they are wisdom teeth or were removed due to crowding. Your replacement options include a dental bridge or dental implant. If a number of adjacent teeth are missing or you have an entire arch of missing teeth, a full or partial denture is another potential solution.
Call 603-692-2045 to learn more and schedule your appointment.