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 will do everything they can to save your tooth before resorting to tooth extraction.
Tooth Extractions in Sudbury, MA
Reason for a Tooth Extraction
A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth or multiple teeth. There are multiple reasons as to why you’re dentist may suggest extracting a tooth, such as:
- Dental cavities
- 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
Before the extraction, Dr. Ye will administer a local anesthetic to ensure that you won’t feel any pain. If needed, he can also provide several levels of sedation to ease you through the procedure.
Dr. Ye will start by loosening your tooth to make it easier to remove, then gently take the tooth out. Once it’s been extracted, he’ll remove any leftover tissue or bone and place gauze on the affected area to help reduce bleeding.
Caring for Your Mouth After Extraction
Caring for your extraction site is important during the healing process to prevent possible complications. Helpful guidelines to follow after your procedure include:
- 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 plenty of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you feel comfortable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Typically, the first step in the tooth extraction process includes numbing the area with a local anesthetic, ensuring that patients feel as comfortable as possible and experience little to no pain during the procedure.
It’s normal to feel some sensitivity and discomfort after the extraction, but this pain can be relieved through over-the-counter pain medications.
We usually recommend taking 48 to 72 hours after your surgery to relax and recover. The first few days are vital to the healing process because you’re more prone to infections during this time.
You’ll be able to return to your daily life soon after your extraction. After the first few days, you can return to normal physical activities as long as you don’t notice any complications.