Gentle Tooth Extractions in Holyoke, MA
Having a tooth removed can be intimidating, but sometimes it’s the only way to restore your health and prevent further damage. Our highly skilled team --Dr. Chen, , Dr. Chang, Dr. Lu, and Dr. Liu-- will do everything they can to save your tooth before resorting to tooth extraction.
Reasons for a Tooth Extraction
Tooth extraction may be needed for a number of reasons, such as:
- An impacted or dysfunctional wisdom tooth
- Damaged, decayed, or overcrowded teeth
- Severe dental trauma
- A primary tooth that fails to erupt properly
- Advanced periodontal disease
The Extraction Process
Each one of your teeth is held in place by a ligament that runs along the edge of its socket. We’ll remove your tooth by gently expanding the socket to separate the tooth from the ligament.
Our team of exceptional dentists take the necessary time to create a comfortable environment for extractions that will keep patients at ease, using effective relaxation techniques like sedation dentistry.
Drs. Chen, Chang, Lu, or Liu will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth. We don’t want you to be without your reliable and confident smile any longer than necessary.
Patient-Friendly Aftercare Tips
After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. We’ve put together a few simple tips for caring for your extraction site:
- Bite on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes immediately after the appointment.
- If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.
- Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours.
- Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
- An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum.
- Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.
- Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.
After a few days you should feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2 to 3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Drs. Chen, Chang, Lu, and Liu have the skill and experience to ensure you have a worry-free experience throughout the extraction process. Give us a call at (413) 538-7400 to schedule your appointment so we can help relieve your pain.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a tooth extraction take?
Most tooth extractions require about 20 to 40 minutes to complete. However, there are several circumstances that may influence the length of your procedure. Factors that are considered include how many teeth are being removed, where they’re located, and the difficulty of the removal. At your initial consultation, we’ll examine your oral health and recommend the best course of action with a timeline of your extraction plan.
What do I do after a tooth extraction?
After getting a tooth extracted, it’s important to rest for the first 24 hours and meticulously follow your aftercare instructions. Failure to do so may result in possible complications during the healing process, which is the most crucial period. We ask that you avoid touching the surgical site, keep the gauze in for several hours, and apply a cold compress to relieve pain and swelling.
How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?
Recovering from a tooth extraction varies from patient to patient based on their individual case. Generally, a full recovery can take as little as seven to ten days with good oral hygiene and care. This means following your aftercare instructions to help speed up the recovery process and prevent your risk of complications.
Is a tooth extraction painful?
We’ll provide you with dental sedation so you won’t feel pain during the extraction, relieving any worries you may have. It’s safe and effective, and a member of our staff will be with you every step of the way to ensure you feel completely comfortable. After surgery, you may experience mild discomfort or pain, but we’ll prescribe pain medication for your recovery.