Boise Tooth Extractions
Improving Your Overall Health
Our team at Boise River Dental will strive to avoid removing a tooth at all. If a root canal or some other procedure can save the tooth, that is always the best option whenever possible. However, certain conditions may make tooth extraction the most effective option for returning your smile to good health and function. Afterward, we are happy to provide you with one of our excellent tooth replacement treatments to restore your smile to optimal health, beauty, and function.
Do I Need Tooth Extractions?
As a last resort for oral health, a severely infected, damaged, or injured tooth may need to be extracted. You can rest assured our dentist will do everything possible to restore your natural teeth if possible! But, if it is absolutely necessary, your tooth will come out for the betterment of the whole. Then, a restoration is in order.
Simply put, tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth. Obviously, there should be a serious reason to do this! Typically, it is necessary when there is damage to the tooth, whether by infection or trauma. Another common extraction is removal of the wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that erupt from the gums at about age 17-21. They can cause many problems, either because they do not grow in properly, or they are crowding the other teeth.
Post-Surgery Care for Tooth Extractions
After a tooth extraction, it is most important to stop bleeding by forming a blood clot. This is typically done by biting on a gauze pad for about 30 to 45 minutes following the procedure. If, after the allotted 30 to 45 minutes, you still experience bleeding or oozing, you can continue biting on a new gauze pad for another 30 minutes. Repeat this process as needed.
Once you have successfully stopped any bleeding, you can continue to care for the tooth extraction site by doing the following:
- Avoid using straws, smoking, drinking alcohol, brushing teeth near the extraction site, or vigorously rinsing your mouth for at least 72 hours.
- Avoid exercising for at least 72 hours after the extraction, as this can dislodge the blood clot and restart the bleeding.
- Reduce swelling by placing an ice pack on the area and taking any prescribed pain medications as needed.
- Take any prescribed antibiotics for the full indicated length of time, even if you feel that you no longer need them.
- Drink plenty of fluids and only eat soft foods on the day of the tooth extraction. You may resume eating normally (except crunchy foods which should not be eaten for two weeks) as soon as you feel comfortable.
“Dr. Weimer and his staff are kind, caring, and very accommodating! I was always afraid to go to the dentist but not anymore! They always make sure to make me feel comfortable and very relaxed.”- Sondra
“Dr. Weimar prepped me for the permanent crown & they fitted a temporary in one visit. He was gentle & efficient, keeping me informed on every detail as he went through the process. I had almost no discomfort.”- Laurynda
“Dr. Weimer is both an artist and a skilled expert. When my extractions had complications Dr. Weimer immediately did the repairs to my skull. What he did in a half-hour would have taken weeks of scheduling with other dentists!”- Rorshach
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