If you have significant tooth decay that has damaged much of your tooth, have wisdom teeth that are impacting neighboring teeth, getting a dental implant, or your mouth is too crowded with teeth, Dr. Bosse may recommend getting your tooth pulled.
When performing a tooth removal, patients are given an anesthetic so they experience little to no discomfort during the procedure. How a tooth is extracted depends on the tooth’s location in the mouth. Surface teeth are typically removed in one piece while teeth under the gum’s surface may be removed in many pieces. In some cases, Dr. Bosse will put in stitches which will dissolve or be removed after a few day’s time.
After your tooth extraction, Dr. Bosse will provide you with post-operative instructions to follow. Immediately after getting your tooth pulled, there can be some residual bleeding and swelling in the first 24 hours as the tooth socket heals. Applying an ice pack to your cheek can reduce swelling. For the first few days, we recommend patients eat only soft or liquid foods such as soup, gelatin or ice cream. Pointy or rough textured foods such as potato chips can irritate the empty socket. Avoid doing anything that involves a sucking motion such as smoking or using a straw. Sucking motions interfere and delay healing time. Within one to two months, gum tissue will grow in the space of the empty socket.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bosse call 281 823 9987 or submit a form online today!