Comfortable Tooth Extraction

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. At Preserve, our gentle dentist in Lincoln, NE and his team will do an amazing job 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 discomfort you feel after the procedure.

In our article we’ll answer the following commonly asked questions:

How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?

How painful is a tooth extraction?

What are the side effects of removing a tooth?

Image of a happy woman who found a dentist in Lincoln, NE that offers tooth extraction care.

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 in Lincoln, NE. 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 dentist in Lincoln, NE 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.

Image of woman who is relaxing and enjoying tooth extraction care from a dentists near me in Lincoln, NE.

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 and dentist in Lincoln, NE to communicate with you during the process without you having to endure the discomfort.

We know the thought of tooth extraction can make you feel uneasy. So, here are some questions we often hear when it comes to tooth removal:

How painful is tooth extraction?
Tooth extractions even when done surgically, should not hurt. If the tooth extraction is being done with a local anesthetic, you might feel a slight pinch as the medication is being administered. After the medication has had time to work, the tooth extraction can be performed without you feeling a thing.

Once any numbing medication or anesthetic has worn off, after having your tooth removed, it’s possible you’ll experience some discomfort. However, you can read more below about post-operative tooth extraction care, or as always, you can contact our Lincoln family dentist for help.

How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?
The answer is that within approximately one to two weeks the extraction site should be completely healed. If, however, during that time you notice any intense pain within the gum or jaw or you have a fever, be sure to reach out to your dentist in Lincoln, NE to have them take a look.
What are the side effects of removing a tooth?
As with any type of surgical procedure, the removal of a tooth can pose a risk of infection or bleeding that lasts longer than 12 hours as well as swelling, coughing, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, swelling at the surgical site with redness, as well as shortness of breath.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention as soon as possible.

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.

Fortunately, we’re able to offer dental discounts to many of our patients. We’re an in-network provider, so we’re able to offer a handful of dental discount plans and payment plans, unlike many other practices. We also have our own monthly plans for many patients, so you can get the care you need and pay when you’re able.

We know it can seem overwhelming to have a tooth removed. Because of this, our dentist in Lincoln, NE and his team pride themselves even more on our 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 some discomfort. Some people also experience a little bit of bleeding after the fact. Many dentists won’t tell you these tips, but our Lincoln dentist is 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 type of discomfort, 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 our dentist in Lincoln, NE, a call at 402-413-7000! By being on top of your toothache, you’ll actually minimize the discomfort you experience in the long run.

Check out the “Best Options for a Single Tooth” video

Image of the dental payment plans logo. Dental payment plans can make a dentist near me in Lincoln, NE affordable.
Image of the CareCredit® logo. CareCredit® can make getting dentistry affordable with a dentist near me in Lincoln, NE.
Image of the Ally® lending logo. Ally® lending is a great way to make getting the dental care you need with a dentist in Lincoln, NE affordable.

Looking for Dental Payment Plans

or Apply Online

(Click logo above to be directed to website)

Image of the dental payment plans logo. Dental payment plans can make a dentist near me in Lincoln, NE affordable.

Make easy, affordable payments for your procedure with dental payment plans we offer.

Image of the scheduling logo. Schedule online day or night with a dentist near me in Lincoln, NE.

We have 7 Locations in Lincoln, NE!

Image showing all locations of Nebraska Family Dentistry. Find a dentists near me in Lincoln, NE and schedule today.

Nebraska Family Dentistry has Lincoln Dental clinics in all parts of Lincoln. Choose a “near me dentist” location that is convenient for you.