smileTooth extraction means to have a tooth pulled. The following are reasons why Dr. Damon T. Armstrong may recommend tooth extraction in Blackfoot, Idaho:

  • A crowded mouth
  • Impacted teeth, including wisdom teeth
  • Infection too wide spread to be treated by root canal therapy
  • The risk of infection in some patients
  • Loose teeth caused by gingivitis

After tooth extraction, our dentist will send you home to recover for a few days. The following are some tips that will minimize discomfort, reduce your risk of infection, and speed recovery:

  • Take painkillers as prescribed by our dentist
  • Bite firmly on a gauze pad for three to four hours to control bleeding
  • Apply to an ice bag to the area to reduce swelling
  • Relax for at least 24 hours and limit your activity for a few days
  • Avoid rinsing or spitting vigorously for at least 24 hours
  • Do not drink through a straw for at least 24 hours
  • Do not smoke
  • Eat soft foods like pudding, soup, and applesauce on the day of extraction
  • When you lay down, prop your head up with pillows
  • Continue to brush and floss, but avoid the extraction area

Please contact Armstrong Dental today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.