Tooth Extraction Care
Need to have a tooth pulled? It’s okay if you aren’t excited. Having teeth pulled is rarely something people look forward to. In reality, dentists can make tooth extraction nearly painless these days. At Preserve, our team members are experts at keeping you calm, comfortable, and safe. On top of that, we have a few tricks up our sleeves for effective tooth extraction care. These will help you recover quickly and minimize the pain you feel after the procedure.
If you’re feeling nervous about having a tooth removed, not to worry. We know how scary it can seem, and we intend to make it as gentle for you as possible.
Anyone with a severe toothache should see a dentist. If you’re suffering from a severe toothache, feel free to give us a call. During office hours, give us a call at 402-413-7000. If it’s an after hours emergency, our dedicated emergency line is 402-840-9783. We’re glad to check out your tooth and see what’s going on. If we can, we’ll save the tooth. If not, you may need a tooth extraction.
Tooth Extraction Care: The Procedure
We’ve made it a goal to offer a gentle tooth extraction to every single patient. First, our dentists will examine the affected area. If we can, we may preserve the tooth by performing a root canal. If that isn’t possible, we’ll take the tooth out as gently as possible. Sometimes, if a tooth is too bad we’ll refer you to an oral surgeon.
We offer sedation dentistry at our office. We highly recommend it if you’re anxious at all about dental care. It’s a perfectly safe way to give you a little extra comfort as you enter the procedure. When under sedation, you’ll technically be awake. However, you’ll be in a calm state and you may not recall any of the procedure. This allows our team to communicate with you during the process without you having to endure the discomfort.
After having your tooth removed, it’s possible you’ll experience some pain or discomfort. However, you can read more below about how post-operative tooth extraction care. We have some tips to share that other dentists won’t tell you. But first, let’s talk about the cost of a tooth extraction.
Tooth Extraction Cost
The cost of a tooth extraction varies depending on a variety of factors. We understand that, between the extraction and replacement, tooth extraction cost is a big concern for some. Our practice values this, and we want to ensure an affordable tooth extraction for you. On average, the cost of a tooth extraction is about $140-$240. However, this will again depend on the individual circumstances.
We know it can seem overwhelming to have a tooth removed. Because of this, we pride ourselves even more on our expert, gentle care and affordable prices. Offering dental care that is accessible to all is one of our primary goals, and we plan to keep it that way.
Secrets to Effective Tooth Extraction Care
After having your tooth removed, most people endure at least some pain and discomfort. Some people also experience a little bit of bleeding after the fact. Many dentists won’t tell you these tips, but we’re happy to share them with you.
1. Avoid Aspirin
Aspirin can increase the bleeding you experience in the tooth extraction care phase. Instead, stick to Ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. Saliva will prevent the wound site from forming a scab, so taking Ibuprofen can help it work against your saliva.
2. Hold Off On Your Workout Routine
Working out is highly recommend in general. But during tooth extraction care, it can actually hurt more than it can help.
3. Rinse Your Mouth After Meals
Many people forget that food can enter the wound more easily. After each meal, or 4-5 times a day, gently rinse your mouth out with warm salt water or mouthwash.
4. Use an Extra Pillow
Use an extra pillow when laying down. This will help your blood clot effectively, so you’ll stop bleeding sooner rather than later.
5. Drink Room Temperature Drinks
Drinking hot or cold liquids can sometimes make the spot hurt. To avoid this pain, be sure to drink liquids at room temperature.
6. Ice Your Face
Even if your face isn’t swollen, icing your face can keep swelling and discomfort down. Keep the ice on for 15-minute intervals to maximize efficiency.
7. Don’t Skimp on Gauze
For the first 24 hours, your wound will likely ooze blood pretty consistently. This period is crucial for helping your blood clot effectively. Be sure to keep gauze on the wound as much as possible in this time, especially if it’s still oozing.
Call Us Today With Any Concerns
If you’re suffering from a severe toothache, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 402-413-7000! By being on top of your toothache, you’ll actually minimize the pain and discomfort you experience in the long run.
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