As much as possible, dentists strive to preserve all natural teeth. Sometimes, however, the need for extraction arises. Teeth may need to be removed as a preliminary phase of orthodontic treatment, or because of advanced infection. When extraction is necessary, our team acts with great precision and gentleness, striving for the optimal result.
The extraction of teeth occurs in our office. Aftercare begins with us, but continues with the patient. To facilitate the most expedient, stress-free recovery, we seek to minimize the chance of complications by providing detailed post-operative care instructions. Two of the main concerns patients have after tooth extraction are pain and bleeding.
A bit of soreness and mild discomfort is to be expected after teeth extractions. These sensations last only a few days with adequate aftercare. During the first 24 hours after the extraction procedure in our office near Acworth:
DO take the pain reliever recommended by your dentist. This may include a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen.
DO take pain-relieving medication while the numbness of local anesthetic is still active.
DON'T take aspirin to relieve pain. This may increase the chance of bleeding.
When teeth are extracted, it takes several hours for a blood clot to form in the socket. This clot is the same thing as a scab on your skin. Formation takes longer, however, than a wound on the skin due to saliva. As the clot forms, bleeding will stop.
DO bite down on sterile gauze or a clean cloth as needed. The gentle pressure against the extraction site reduces bleeding.
DO change gauze or cloth as needed to keep the area dry.
DO eat softer foods that require little to no chewing. Foods and the chewing movement may disrupt the healing process by inhibiting the formation of a clot.
DON'T drink through a straw for several days. Suction may dislodge the clot.
DON'T use tobacco products until the socket has completely healed.
Our team is available post-extraction to answer any questions our patients have. Contact Thirty-two Dental for more information about tooth extraction or our general dental services.
Dr. Vo and Dr. Breckly are absolutely fantastic! Never worry about another painful trip to the dentist if you are going to see them. They make sure you are never in any pain throughout the entire procedure. I just had my wisdom teeth removed and Dr. Vo did a fabulous job, as always. I had four impacted wisdom teeth and they were out before I knew it. I was up and eating solid food the very same day, and could have been back at work if I needed to. My stitches fell out within a few days and everything healed up much faster than any of my friends who saw other doctors. I stayed awake for the procedure, and I would say that it definitely is much better than being put to sleep. It has a faster heal time and less discomfort. My face honestly didn't even swell. I've gone to Dr. Vo and Breckly for minor things before and they have always been amazing, but after my great experience with something more major, I know they are by far the two of the best dentists, I have ever seen.
Dr. Vo and Dr. Berkley are the ONLY dentists we see. Dr. Vos taken care of my parents, my husband, our daughter and son, and myself for the past 7 years. We love the care and the personal relationship she establishes with her patients. She takes the time to get to know us, our families, our dental concerns, which is NOT the usual in the business.Thank you for everything. Dr. Berkley is very attentive and gently with my children. We came in for a cleaning yesterday and they did great under his medical care. The staff is extremely professional and willing to help. Amazing team. If you have been afraid of the dentist, check them out and theyll change your mind about dentistry.
My family and I love Dr. Vo. I would suggest this practice to anyone who wants a dentist and staff that truly care about your health and will go above and beyond the typical dentist. I followed Dr. Vo from a previous office, and although this office is farther away, it is worth it because of how caring the staff is.
Switched to 32 dental after Dr. Breckley left Dr. Goetees practice. Great staff, and nice space. They use the latest technologies and have K cups in the waiting room!
Dr. Vo is fantastic. She is patient, knowledgeable, and excellent at her job, and most importantly, she takes time to answer your questions and explain any concerns she has about your teeth, so you really know what\'s going on. It inspires me to take better care of my teeth. By far, she is the best dentist I have been been to, and I highly recommend her. No more of those dime-a-dozen dentists for me!