Tooth Extractions – Northampton, MA
Getting You Out of Pain as Fast as Possible
At EMA Dental, we are proud to say that we practice conservative dentistry, which means we do all we can to keep our patients’ natural smiles intact and healthy. However, in some cases, there comes a point where our only option is to extract a tooth. Nobody wants to get an extraction, but this service comes in handy when you need it most. Keep reading to learn more about tooth extractions in Northampton and how they can help you smile with health and happiness.
When is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?
Tooth extractions are never our first option, but in some cases, it’s the only way we can get our patients out of pain. We may recommend a tooth extraction if:
- You have an infected tooth
- Your tooth is too damaged to be repaired
- Your tooth is too decayed for a crown or filling
- Advanced gum disease made a tooth unstable
- A baby tooth is blocking an adult tooth
If you do have an infection, it’s important that we extract your tooth before it spreads to other parts of your body. If infection spreads, it can create bone deterioration, permanent gum tissue damage, and additional tooth loss.
The Tooth Extraction Process
Once we decide that a tooth extraction in Northampton is right for you, we will ensure that you’re numb and comfortable before beginning. We offer multiple options for sedation to give you a greater sense of relaxation. Then, we will use a special instrument to rock your tooth back and forth, gently removing it. Just like that, you’ll be out of pain. It’s normal to feel some slight soreness after the procedure, but this will subside after a few days. And, the best part is that we have a variety of replacement options to restore the tooth’s beauty and function.
Aftercare for Tooth Extractions
After your tooth extraction, don’t worry if you feel some slight soreness. This can be managed with pain medication that we give you. You can also use a cold compress to numb the discomfort and reduce swelling. If there is bleeding, you can use gauze pads, but be sure to change them if they become soaked. You should also avoid using a straw, spitting excessively, or rinsing during the first 24 hours. Give yourself at least a day or two to rest after surgery. And, in the weeks following your extraction, avoid the use of cigarettes and other tobacco products. It’s more important than ever to keep up with your brushing and flossing routine as well as regular visits to our office. That way, you won’t have to make another trip to the emergency dentist in Northampton.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office today!