Baystate Dental of Northampton
325 King Street, Suite 1, Northampton, MA 01060
We prefer to repair our patient’s natural teeth, but there are times when a tooth extraction is unavoidable. If you’re told that you need a tooth pulled, have it done as soon as possible. Any delay may lead to more pain and an infection reaching your jawbone.
First, our dentist numbs the area and then he or she will move the tooth back and forth. Once it is loose in the socket, our dentist will use forceps to remove the tooth. Many of our patients are surprised that the tooth extraction procedure is over so quickly.
Your tooth extraction cost depends on your specific circumstances. Generally, your cost is higher when the tooth is more difficult to remove. Simple dental extractions are less expensive that surgical extractions where your gum has to be cut. At our office, our dentist will always give you an estimate before proceeding. Call us for affordable tooth extractions.
We often see patients who are experiencing tooth pain. In some cases, a dentist will suggest an extraction to save adjacent teeth and bone from a gum infection.
Badly broken or cracked teeth are pulled only when a root canal or other dental solution isn’t possible.
Our dentist will try to save your tooth and ease your pain, but if it is badly decayed, you may have to have the tooth extracted. If you have severe tooth pain, contact our office for the first available appointment.
Orthodontic appliances straighten teeth that are crowded together, but to do so, the extra teeth have to come out.
In the third stage of gum disease, permanent tooth loss is usually inevitable because the bone holding the tooth is damaged. If you have first or second stage gum disease, follow our dentist’s recommendations to avoid tooth loss.
Wisdom teeth usually come in during early adulthood. Unfortunately, wisdom teeth can come in at an angle or they may not make it out of your gums. In some cases, dentists can perform a wisdom tooth extraction if the teeth will come out easily. However, if they cannot, our dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon for surgical tooth removal.
The most important thing that you have to do is to ensure that you don’t interfere with the blood clot that is being formed. In the first 24 hours, don’t drink through a straw, smoke or do anything else that our dentists tells you not to do. Take pain medication as directed and use an ice pack to control swelling.
You can brush your teeth the second day, staying away from the extraction site. Keeping your mouth clean will speed up the tooth extraction healing, as will consuming nutritious food and getting enough sleep. In a few days, the pain will go away and you should feel fine.