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Gentle Tooth Extractions in
Baton Rouge, LA

At Jones Creek Family Dentistry, we perform stress-free tooth extractions to help preserve your oral health and your remaining healthy teeth. We practice conservative dentistry which means that we’ll never recommend an extraction unless it’s absolutely necessary. Have questions? Please contact our office to learn more!

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Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Dietary Restrictions

After your tooth extraction, we recommend sticking with soft foods for the first few days. Foods like applesauce, ice cream, warm soup, pudding, oatmeal, and mashed potatoes are just some of the yummy post-extraction friendly foods. When it comes to what not to eat, we advise avoiding anything that is too hot as it can agitate the area. We also recommend staying away from anything chewy, crunchy, or spicy.

Pain Management

Depending on your extraction, we may prescribe pain medications to you when you leave our office. However, for most, over-the-counter pain medications can manage any swelling or discomfort effectively.

Avoiding Dry Sockets

It’s important to protect the extraction area after your procedure to prevent dry sockets and infection. After an extraction, a blood clot develops over the area. This clot protects the socket and speeds up the healing process. If it becomes dislodged, it is known as dry socket. To avoid running into this painful problem, we recommend not using straws, staying away from smoking, and eating soft foods for at least one week after your procedure.

Oral Hygiene

Keeping your mouth clean and sterilized is one of the best ways to promote a stress-free, speedy healing process. By gently brushing your teeth and gums and gently cleaning out the extraction site with warm saltwater rinses, you can prevent bacteria and germs from creeping into the healing area and wreaking havoc on your oral health.

Tooth Extraction FAQ

Why do teeth need to be extracted?

It’s important to note that we’ll never extract a tooth unless it’s crucial for maintaining your overall oral health. Some dental issues that may result in the need for an extraction include:

  • Irreparable Tooth Decay or Trauma
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Impacted Teeth
  • Teeth Overcrowding

How are tooth extractions different than wisdom teeth removal?

The only difference is that wisdom teeth removal is focused on extracting problematic wisdom teeth. General tooth extractions can be needed for a variety of reasons and aren’t limited to just the wisdom teeth.

What happens during the tooth extraction procedure?

Before we begin the tooth extraction procedure, we’ll thoroughly numb the area to ensure that the most you feel is a slight pressure while we work. Then, we’ll go in with our extraction tools to gently remove the tooth. If needed, we will provide stitches to the area and before you know it the process is complete! We also give our patients a comprehensive set of aftercare instructions to ensure that they have a smooth healing process.

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