Tooth extractions by Park West Dental Care in Idaho Falls ID
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At Park West Dental , we understand that having a complete, natural smile is key to feeling confident in your daily life. We also know that on occasion, circumstances may arise that require a patient to receive a routine or emergency tooth extraction in order to preserve overall oral health. As your Idaho Falls, ID dentists, Drs. Drake and Jacobson, know that the decision to extract can be a difficult one, so they makes sure that every aspect of the procedure is as stress-free and comfortable for our patients as possible by keeping you well informed, aware of what is happening, and aware of what your choices are along the way.

When Is a Tooth Extraction Needed?

A tooth extraction is performed only after all alternatives have been considered and ruled out. Situations that may lead to an extraction include:

  • Infection or risk of infection from decay (may require emergency tooth extraction)
  • A tooth that is severely damaged from trauma (may require emergency tooth extraction)
  • Impacted wisdom teeth (results in a wisdom tooth extraction)
  • Overcrowded teeth (often requires orthodontic treatment)

What Is a Tooth Extraction?

A tooth extraction is a routine procedure for Drs. Drake and Jacobson, though in some instances, an emergency tooth extraction may be called for. The procedure includes:

  • X-rays to assess the location, size, and position of the tooth to be removed to help determine the extent of the procedure
  • An assessment of the anesthesia and sedation options that will best serve your needs, allowing for a pain-free, less-than-memorable experience
  • The careful removal of the tooth, which often includes a bone-preserving graft

After the tooth has been removed, Drs. Drake and Jacobson will have you bite down on some gauze in order to help stop the bleeding, so that a blood clot can form.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

After your extraction, your recovery typically takes a couple of days. The following tips will help you relieve discomfort and avoid complications.

  • Take pain relievers as prescribed or recommended.
  • Leave gauze in place for the recommended amount of time.
  • Apply ice for 10 minutes at a time to minimize swelling after the procedure.
  • Avoid rinsing, sucking, or spitting for six hours after the procedure.
  • After six hours, rinse your mouth with ½ teaspoon of salt and warm water.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Eat soft foods the day after the extraction; gradually add solid foods as the extraction site heals.
  • Avoid the extraction site when brushing your teeth.

When teeth must be removed, especially ones that appear in your smile, there are a number of natural-looking, permanent tooth-replacement options, such as implants, that can give your smile a second chance.

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To schedule an appointment with our Idaho Falls, ID dental office, call Park West Dental at 208.932.4607 today.