Encompass Dental Studios

3024 25TH ST., COLUMBUS, NE 68601 | 402-563-4565

Tooth Extractions

You and Dr. Alexander may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired.

Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth) or in preparation for orthodontic treatment. Dr. Alexander and her team will discuss the procedure at your exam appointment. We encourage you to ask questions so you are comfortable with and understand the process.

The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, your jaw joint and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.

To avoid these complications, in most cases, Dr. Alexander will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.

If the extraction is a complicated case, Dr. Alexander will discuss options for you to see a specialist and our office will assist you in the scheduling process.

After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it is important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Bite on a gauze pad for 30 – 45 minutes immediately after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times to stop the flow of blood.

After the blood clot forms, it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After the tooth is extracted, you may feel some discomfort and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Use pain medication as directed. Call our office if the medication does not seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and cleaning between your teeth at least once a day. This will speed up healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

After a few days, you should feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for two to three days or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.

The patient care at Encompass Dental Studios is amazing. All the staff are very kind and welcoming. I can really tell they care about their patients and providing the best health care. They don't rush their work, and are very detailed, which I appreciate. The practice is very clean, and all the staff are dressed very professional. I am in the medical field, and currently in Nursing School, so I know what it's like to care for patients. The team at Encompass Studios are the best!

- Audrey D.

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regarding any questions you may have.

Dr. Alexander and her teamare always willing to help answer your questions regarding our comprehensive dental services in Columbus, Nebraska, at Encompass Dental Studios. If you would like to schedule your next appointment with us, feel free to give us a call.

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