Trent Kelly, DDS
General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Idaho Falls, ID
Your permanent teeth are incredibly tough, but sometimes extractions are necessary. At Choice Dental in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Trent Kelly, DDS, regularly performs full mouth, surgical, and simple extractions on-site. Using modern techniques and advanced tools, he makes the process quick and pain-free, ensuring your safety and comfort. To schedule an appointment today, book a consultation online, or call the office and speak with a friendly team member.
Extractions Q & A
What are extractions?
Extractions are an outpatient procedure used to remove one or several teeth. Though your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, they aren’t invincible. If you develop a cavity, have impacted teeth, or want to wear full dentures, Dr. Kelly may recommend extractions as part of your custom treatment plan.
Prior to performing extractions, Dr. Kelly conducts a comprehensive consultation. He uses the information gathered during this appointment to make recommendations that align with your unique needs.
What are the different types of extractions?
At Choice Dental, Dr. Kelly offers several types of extractions, including:
Full mouth extractions
If you have severe tooth decay, gum disease, or you’re preparing to get a set of full dentures, Dr. Kelly might recommend full mouth extractions. He performs full mouth extractions while you’re under anesthesia, ensuring you experience no pain.
If you only need one or two teeth pulled, you might benefit from a simple extraction. Prior to a simple extraction, Dr. Kelly administers a local anesthetic. Once the anesthesia sets in, he uses a tool called an elevator to carefully loosen the tooth. Then, he uses forceps to remove it. Dr. Kelly typically performs simple extractions in-office.
If you have impacted wisdom teeth, you might benefit from a surgical extraction. Impacted teeth are unable to break through the gum line. Before extracting your tooth, Dr. Kelly administers a local anesthetic. Once the anesthesia sets in, he makes an incision across your gum line, revealing the tooth underneath.
He carefully removes the tooth using forceps. Dr. Kelly typically refers you to a local hospital for surgical and full mouth extractions.
Following extractions, what is recovery like?
Following extractions, Dr. Kelly sends you home with a list of recovery instructions. For the first 48 hours, it’s normal to experience some pain, swelling, and general discomfort. You can apply an ice pack to your cheek or take over-the-counter medications to help you feel better.
Don’t rinse your mouth for 24 hours and avoid using a straw. Get plenty of rest, take medications as prescribed, and only eat soft foods like mashed potatoes, yogurt, or applesauce.
About a week after your procedure, you return to Choice Dental for follow-up treatment. At this appointment, he conducts an oral exam to monitor your healing process.
To see if you need extractions, schedule an appointment at Choice Dental. Book a consultation online, or call the office and speak with a friendly team member today.