Protecting Your Health
At River Birch Dental, we do everything we can to save your tooth before deciding to remove it. After all, you only get one set of natural adult teeth, so your smile is truly priceless.
However, if you have a tooth that must be removed, our team are experts at keeping the process painless, comfortable, and stress-free. There are a few situations that would involve tooth extractions, such as:
Especially common in teenagers, as our smiles fully form, wisdom teeth grow in. Often times, our jaws aren’t large enough to accommodate these molars, and they must be removed to prevent overcrowding.
River Birch Dental offers emergency dentistry in case you are suffering from extreme toothache or have a broken or chipped tooth.
Stress-Free Oral Surgery
Taking care of your oral health shouldn’t be a stressful experience. We understand life happens, so we want your visit to us, for whatever reason, to be as comfortable as possible. We’ll always make sure you’re comfortable, which is why we provide nitrous oxide before oral surgery or extractions.
We’ll give you detailed instructions on extraction aftercare. Caring for your tooth or extraction site after procedures is essential to the success of your treatment. Dr. Georgie Vargas will be happy to sit with you and answer all of your questions and concerns as well as give advice.
Commonly Asked Questions About Extractions and Oral Surgery
Your visit won’t take very long. Extractions on average take 20 to 40 minutes for a single tooth. Multiple teeth may take a longer time.
We advise you to rest and follow the aftercare instructions we provide you.
Eating is fine after a procedure, as long as you’re eating soft foods that won’t harm your surgical site. We’ll provide you a list of foods to eat after your extraction.
After surgery, your tooth can be very vulnerable. Without proper hygiene, it’s prone to infection.
Dry socket is a condition in which the blood clot formed in your tooth’s empty socket is dislodged or harmed. This blood clot protects your socket, and without it, it can be compromised.
If your extraction site is infected, call River Birch Dental at (715) 646-2161 so we can help you. We may be able to prescribe antibiotics for your infection.
We advise you to hold off on smoking for as long as possible after the procedure. Ideally, not smoking for at least 72 hours after the procedure is best, as it will greatly reduce your risk of getting dry socket and infection.
It can take about a week to fully recover from a tooth extraction, but oftentimes you can return to your normal routine the day after a procedure. If possible, we recommend resting for at least 24 hours after your visit.
Some pain and discomfort after an extraction are normal, and you can take painkillers as prescribed. If you are experiencing harsh pain more than a week after your procedure, call us so we can help you find relief.
Sometimes, teeth can be connected by the same nerves, so it’s possible they might feel some pain after an extraction.