After all other options have been explored, Greater Boston Smiles would recommend a tooth extraction only in the most extreme of cases where another method of saving the tooth is not available.
For example, if a tooth’s roots are damaged beyond repair, traditional restorative methods like root canal therapy would be impossible, necessitating the extraction of the traumatized tooth to maintain the overall health of the mouth.
In our office, we attempt to provide as much ease and comfort during extractions as possible. We numb the area using local anesthetic (and distract the patient from the needle using various methods). We also offer the option to use nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to relax and calm the patient; which is administered through a small mask that comfortably fits over the nose.