While our primary goal is to preserve and care for your natural teeth, there are cases where extracting a tooth becomes necessary. In such cases, we work to ensure that the tooth extraction process is as comfortable and straightforward as possible, allowing you to focus on a quick recovery.
Tooth Extractions in
Sioux City, IA and Elk Point, SD
Tooth extraction is typically a quick procedure, and we prioritize your comfort by administering anesthesia. However, the most critical part of the process is recovery. Post-extraction care involves controlling bleeding and facilitating proper healing. This is achieved by biting down on a gauze pad for approximately 30 to 45 minutes to promote the formation of a blood clot. It’s crucial not to disturb the blood clot over the next 24 hours. To manage any swelling, apply an ice pack to the outer cheek. Once the swelling subsides, a warm compress can be used in the same area for added comfort. Gentle rinsing with warm salt water aids in keeping the extraction site clean.
We offer tooth extractions at each of our locations—two locations in Sioux City, IA (Lakeport St. and Hamilton St.), and one in Elk Point, SD. Schedule your appointment online using the link below or visit our contact page for information on the location nearest you.
How much does tooth extraction cost?
Our goal is to deliver high-quality dental care that remains affordable for our valued patients in Sioux City, IA, and Elk Point, SD. The cost of tooth extraction may vary depending on whether it is a simple extraction or a surgical extraction. The out-of-pocket expenses for any procedure depends upon your insurance coverage at the time of the treatment. We strive to provide transparent information about costs and work with you to find the best possible financial solution for your dental needs.
- Tooth Extractions: $167-$342
How do I prevent dry socket after a tooth extraction?
When you have a tooth extracted, a blood clot develops shortly after the surgery, which is your body beginning the healing process. If this blood clot becomes dislodged before your mouth has fully healed it can cause pain, this is called dry socket.
Six tips for avoiding dry socket are:
- Avoid straws or anything that creates a suction or large movement of air.
- Avoid smoking tobacco as the fast inhalation can dislodge your blood clot and the chemicals may prevent healing or cause an infection.
- Eat soft foods only like applesauce, yogurt and mashed potatoes for the first one or two days.
- Inquire about any medicines you’re taking to ensure they don’t interact with the healing process.
- Use proper oral hygiene to keep your mouth clean and consider an antibacterial mouthwash.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions on proper oral care to improve recovery time.
When and why are wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth are the very last teeth to develop, and they grow in the very back of the mouth. In most cases, you will start to feel these teeth emerge when you are in your late teens or early twenties. Almost everyone has these teeth removed since they tend to grow at a severely slanted angle and will likely bump into other teeth and cause crowding. There is also very little space available for these teeth. Ultimately, about 85% of adults end up having their wisdom teeth removed.Learn More About Wisdom Teeth Removal
What causes the need for tooth extraction?
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. Teeth extraction usually occurs when a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay and there is too much damage for the tooth to be repaired by a filling or crown.
However, there are other reason for tooth extraction including, extra teeth growing in that are blocking others, baby teeth that haven’t fallen out in time for the permanent teeth to come in, braces, wisdom teeth that are commonly removed or medical reasons.
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