Tooth Extractions – Westfield, MA

Taking Out
Problematic Teeth

When we have the choice, we always prefer to take the option of saving your natural teeth with one of our expertly personalized restorative dentistry solutions here at EMA Dental of Westfield. Unfortunately, some teeth are simply beyond saving and need to be removed to keep the rest of your smile safe. We’ll help you stay calm and comfortable during the tooth extraction process, and our prosthodontists can help you find a lifelike tooth replacement option to fill in the space left behind. Contact us immediately if you suspect you might need a tooth extraction in Westfield.

Why Choose EMA Dental of Westfield for Tooth Extractions?

  • Multiple Dental Specialists Under One Roof
  • Same-Day Emergency Dental Appointments
  • In-House Dental Implant Placement

Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary

Man struggling with tooth pain at home

A tooth extraction might be the best choice for your smile in the following situations:

  • There is a severely decayed tooth that can’t be restored.
  • You have advanced gum disease that has loosened one or more teeth.
  • A tooth is too badly injured to support a crown.
  • You need orthodontic treatment but a tooth has to be removed first to make room for the necessary movements.
  • Your wisdom teeth are impacted (trapped under your gums), or they’re overcrowding your remaining teeth.

Additionally, children might sometimes need tooth extractions if one of their baby teeth fails to fall out when it’s supposed to.

The Process of Removing a Tooth

Woman smiling while holding handheld mirror at dentist’s office

Before your dentist begins the process of removing your tooth, they will thoroughly numb your mouth. That way, you don’t feel any pain during your time in the treatment chair.

From there, the process looks a bit different depending on if you need a simple or surgical extraction. A simple extraction is when the tooth has already broken through the gumline, which allows us to gently rock the tooth loose with special dental tools. A surgical extraction, on the other hand, is ideal for when the tooth in question is underneath the gumline. To access it, we need to first create a small incision in your gums. Then, we can remove the tooth and treat the extraction site.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Dental forceps holding a tooth after tooth extractions in Westfield

Once you return home, you’ll need to focus on healing. Here are a few of our recommendations:

  • Drinking water throughout the day to stay hydrated
  • Sticking to soft foods, like plain yogurt and applesauce
  • Avoiding physical activities, like running and lifting weights
  • Keeping your mouth clean with the aftercare instructions we give you
  • Taking OTC or prescribed pain medication as directed
  • Using a cold compress in 10-minute intervals

If you’d like to learn more about the tooth extraction process, the cost, or what the recovery period involves, don’t hesitate to reach out to us – we’re here to help!