While our team will work hard to save your damaged or infected tooth using restorative procedures, there are situations when that simply isn’t possible. If Dr. Stephens determines an extraction is the best course of treatment, he’ll use his expertise to make the procedure and healing process as comfortable for you as possible.

Your dentist might recommend a tooth extraction to fix teeth that are too damaged to save, to relieve pain and stop decay and disease, or to improve the esthetics of your smile. You also might need an extraction if you’ve been in an accident that resulted in damage to your tooth.

Toothaches are a sign of infection and disease that could put your health at risk, making an extraction necessary. Chronic headaches and jaw pain also signal an infection. Extracting the tooth causing the pain will give you relief.

You should be able to resume normal activities after 48 hours. Expect blood and swelling for up to 24 hours. You also should avoid vigorous rinsing and spitting in the first 24 hours.

The next step is to replace the now missing tooth/teeth. Nevins Dental Center offers a variety of replacement options, including implants, which are the best way to restore your mouth’s function and health.


Dr. Nevins did a thorough review of my medical history and then gave me an exam. We were able to define a first step that made sense. He also put to rest some of the fears that had been caused by the first provider.

Stephanie G. | Boston, MA

Dr. Nevins has worked on gum recession and other procedures with absolute perfection. He’s knowledgeable, extremely detail oriented and is the top doctor; expert in his field.

Mary C. | Boston, MA

I came to Dr. Nevins for a second opinion and was very impressed with the level of detail explaining the options and the pros/cons. They spent a lot of time trying to get to the right answer and to make sure I understood the issues.

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