Although our team tries everything we can to preserve natural teeth, sometimes a tooth extraction is necessary. In fact, sometimes a tooth extraction can benefit your smile and help preserve surrounding teeth. If you are in need of a tooth extraction in Massachusetts or New Hampshire, you’ll be in great hands at NHOMS! Our doctors use their expertise and training to give you a safe and gentle tooth extraction. If you’d like to schedule a consultation or need a second opinion, call our office today!
Reasons for Tooth Extractions
When a tooth extraction is needed, your surgeon will explain the reasons and show you the condition of your tooth. Extractions may be recommended for various reasons, including:
- Impacted tooth
- Severe decay
- Broken tooth
If you are in need of a tooth extraction, we offer sedation dentistry to help you feel comfortable throughout your entire visit. Our experienced and trained team of doctors use precise and accurate care to ensure the best experience possible.
Complex Extraction is Available
If you’ve experienced oral trauma that has severely damaged a tooth, our experienced oral surgeons are able to extract the tooth in the safest and most precise way possible. When a tooth is broken off, many times bits of bone or jagged tooth structures can remain inside the jawbone or gums. Having our team surgically remove these problems can ensure proper healing in the future and a chance to replace the extracted tooth with a replacement solution like dental implants. And if you are experiencing wisdom tooth concerns, our team is proficient and experienced in wisdom tooth extraction as well.
After Tooth Extraction
If you have recently had a tooth extraction, the following tips can help you during your recovery. If you have any questions, our team is here to help!
- A blood clot needs to form following a tooth extraction in order to begin the healing process. Biting down on a gauze pad for at least 30 minutes following your visit is important for the formation of the blood clot.
- For 72 hours, avoid rinsing, sucking on straws, smoking, drinking alcohol or brushing your tooth close to the extraction.
- Limit exercise for 24 hours following your tooth extraction.
- For swelling, apply an ice pack or unopened bag of peas or corn. Take pain medications as instructed. Swelling should subside after 48 hours.
- If your medication isn’t strong enough, call our office. Take prescribed antibiotics as long as instructed, even if your symptoms and pain subsides.
- Soft foods and lots of fluids are recommended on the day of your extraction. Once you are comfortable, you can resume eating normally.
- After 24 hours, return to your regular dental routine. This will keep your mouth clean and speed up the healing process.
- Call our office if you experience heavy bleeding, severe pain or continued swelling after 2-3 days.