Extraction Site Preservation

Why is Extraction Site Preservation Important?

When a dentist extracts a tooth – whether it’s an impacted wisdom tooth or a severely decayed molar – the procedure leaves behind a small hole where the tooth once was. This socket can be very sensitive at first, which is why your dentist may recommend socket preservation to go along with your extraction. Protecting the socket after tooth extraction is very important, for a few reasons.

The Following Will Help Speed Recovery

  • Take Painkillers Prescribed by Doctor

  • After 24 Hours, Rinse Mouth Gently

  • Change Gauze Pads After Soaked With Blood

  • Relax After Surgery

  • Avoid Smoking

Avoid Tobacco Use

Smoking or using spit tobacco delays healing and reduces your ability to fight infection in your gums. So to heal well after your surgery, it’s best to stop all use of tobacco. If you do smoke, the sucking motion of inhaling may loosen or dislodge the blood clot that is important for healing. To learn more, see the topic Quitting Smoking.

More Care Instructions

  • It is normal for the area to be tender for the first few days, and in most cases simple over-the-counter pain relief is enough to ease any discomfort. Start taking painkillers immediately afterwards – don’t wait until pain sets in!It’s far easier to prevent pain than to make it go away. The usual painkillers of choice are ibuprofen or ketoprofen (some products have codeine added for extra pain relief). Check with your dentist or another health care provider that you can take these (for example, asthma sufferers shouldn’t). If you can’t, your dentist will be able to recommend an alternative. Avoid disprin(aspirin) as this thins the blood and can make your mouth bleed. Check with your dentist or pharmacist if you feel you need something stronger.
  • Go home, take it easy for the rest of the day, and don’t exercise for at least 12 to 24 hours. If you want to lie down, and for the first night following surgery, keep your head up with pillows if possible. Do not bend over or do heavy lifting for 2-3 days.
  • If you still feel numb 6 hours later, call your dentist or oral surgeon! If you get back in within 24 hours, your oral surgeon can inject some steroids into the nerve area, which can help reduce swelling and may help speed recovery. Prolonged numbness can also be due to a longer-lasting local anesthetic (marcaine) – in this case, the effect is intentional, but your oral surgeon should have specifically told you that they’ve used this.

What Our Happy Customers are Saying

Going to the dentist has always caused me anxiety, but not at Veenstra! The cleanings are fast and easy; and as for the fillings, I didn’t even feel the needle for the Novocain! All of the staff are so friendly and welcoming. I’ve never had to wait for an appt either! We see Dr. Eric and he’s the best!

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Jen C.

Very friendly – Very professional. I recommend Dr. Eric without reservation.

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Jeff W.

The staff is very welcoming and friendly. Dr. Eric makes you feel at ease and the hygienists are outstanding! They cater to your needs/comfort and are very flexible with scheduling! I highly recommend!

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Nicholas G.

ABSOLUTLEY AMAZING! I am so thrilled that Dr. Eric and his team were recommended! I have never felt more comfortable with a dentist; from the very first call to make an appointment the staff was helpful, friendly, and pleasant!

Alicia P.
Alicia P.

I’m a new patient and not normally a big fan of going to the dentist. However, I thought the hygienist (Nancy) and Dr. Eric did a SUPERB job during my dental appointment yesterday. Thank you so much … 🙂 !

George W.
George W.

Staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and they do a great job of accommodating people whom have had bad experiences in the past. Dr. Eric did an excellent job of explaining the process I was going through and why it needed to be done. His assistant went above and beyond explaining the condition I had and how to handle the recovery.

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Why Choose Us?

  • Nice clean environment which is relaxing and also takes your mind off treatment.
  • The latest technology to offer the best treatment.
  • Imaging software to show what can be done to your smile before you have anything done.
  • Payment options to allow to spread the investment into affordable monthly payments

Meet Dr. Doug and Dr. Eric Veenstra

Dr. Eric, the oldest of four children to Dr. Doug and Patti Veenstra, was born and raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey.He graduated Eastern Christian HS in 1999, Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan) in 2003, and UMDNJ (currently Rutgers Dental School) in 2007. Following graduation from Dental School, Dr. Eric joined his father, Dr. Doug, in his practice in Midland Park, NJ that was originally established in 1981. They have loved working together and feel blessed to continually grow in their service to the community where they’ve been for over 35 years.

Dr. Eric values providing the best treatment and the best experience for his patients. and that has led him to pursue hundreds of hours in advanced dental education. He specifically focused his education for several years to implant dentistry when he saw a need in his practice to give his patients the best treatment options available. He completed an externship from NYU Implant Continuum in 2010, an externship from the Misch International Implant Institute in 2012, and an AAID Maxicourse in Implant Studies from Rutgers University in 2015.

In 2013, he married his beautiful wife Kimberly and has since had two precious little girls: Madelyn and Dorothy, whom he couldn’t love more! He loves the time he gets to spend with his ‘Girls’ as well as enjoying sports, music, food and being surrounded by friends and family. Over the years he has coached children soccer teams, volunteered his dental abilities on mission trips to Honduras and Africa, and has always been involved with his church.

Dr. Eric truly enjoys taking the time to get to know his patients, considers them friends, and feels blessed to be able to care for them.

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