Baystate Dental of Belchertown
131 North Main Street, Belchertown, MA 01007
Every dentist does his or her best to save a patient’s tooth and preserve their smile; nevertheless, an extraction is sometimes the best course of action. If you believe that one of your teeth needs to come out, we would like to help you.
Having a tooth removed is not as bad as many people believe. Our dentist will numb your teeth and gums so the only thing you may feel is slight pressure as our dentist loosens your tooth before pulling it out. Simple extractions only take a few minutes.
We cannot tell you what your tooth extraction cost will be until our dentist evaluates the tooth that needs to come out. Some extractions take more time than others. Check your dental insurance policy, you may have coverage for the extraction. Call us to schedule your examination and to get an estimate of the extraction cost.
An extraction is usually the last resort if a tooth can’t be saved, except in certain cases where the extraction is actually beneficial for the patient. Getting a tooth pulled is sometimes your best option.
Often, a broken or cracked tooth is salvageable, but in the worst cases, an extraction is necessary.
A large area of dental decay or a cavity can cause severe pain and an infection. Our dentist will perform a tooth extraction if it is determined that that is your best option to maintain proper oral health. Please call us right away if you are experiencing severe tooth pain and we will see you as quickly as we can.
When teeth grow misaligned, it is usually because the person has too many teeth. With extractions, the braces can straighten the teeth in the extra room provided.
In the latter stages, gum disease eats away at the ligaments that hold your tooth in the socket. The tooth will become so loose that it falls out or you can decide to have the tooth pulled.
Wisdom teeth can cause problems as they come in, if they emerge at all. Our dentist can determine if you have impacted wisdom teeth using x-rays. If they are impacted, you will need a surgical extraction done by an oral surgeon. If our dentist can remove the emerged teeth in our office, you won’t have to visit a specialist.
A blood clot will form at the extraction site which will stem the flow of blood. You must avoid dislodging the clot by not drinking through a straw, consuming hot drinks or smoking on the first day. On the second day, you should rinse with a saltwater solution. Your dentist will let you know if there are any specific instructions that you should follow.
If you have a simple dental extraction and are in good health, you should heal within two weeks, possibly sooner. A molar extraction or a surgical extraction will take longer to heal. Your tooth extraction healing time will decrease if you follow our dentist’s aftercare instructions carefully.