Extractions in Grand Rapids

Extractions in Grand Rapids, Kentwood, East Grand Rapids, MI


Dr. Zwier, as a certified East Grand Rapids dentist, has extensive experience in oral surgical removal of teeth. He has performed  thousands of wisdom teeth extractions, with comfortable techniques using  local anesthesia and oral sedation.

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Tooth Extraction FAQs

How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?

Typically, most people should rest for about 24 hours after having a tooth extracted, after which they can return to work or their normal activities. However, note that healing will continue for several days following this period.

How many teeth can be extracted at the same time?

Dr. Zwier determines the best plan for each patient on an individual basis when we develop the treatment plan for the patient.

Do broken teeth need to be extracted?

Cracked or broken teeth are the leading cause of tooth extraction. Thankfully, not all broken teeth need to be extracted. If the nerves or roots of the tooth below the gum line are intact, it is possible to save the tooth.

Is it better to pull a tooth or get a root canal?

It is almost always better to save the tooth when possible.  If a tooth is not saved then the teeth next to the extraction site tip into the space which is harmful to those teeth.  The tooth from the opposing arch of teeth drift into the space of the extraction which is harmful to it and the two teeth on either side.  In order to avoid these problems, the extracted tooth needs to be replaced.  This is often more costly  than saving the tooth.

However, there are some cases where root canals are not effective treatment options, and the tooth needs to be pulled if there is  not enough tooth structure or the root is fractured.. Dr. Zwier will advise you of the treatment option that is most effective and necessary for your situation.

Can you drive home after having a tooth pulled?

Your ability to drive home after a tooth extraction depends on the type of anesthesia used during your procedure, which varies. If only local anesthesia or nitrous oxide was used, you’re safe to drive immediately after the procedure. However, you will need to have someone drive you home after your procedure if a oral sedative was necessary.

What can I eat after tooth extractions?

After a tooth extraction, stick to soft foods while you heal. Some options include:

  • Soups
  • Smoothies
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Applesauce
  • Yogurt
  • Scrambled eggs

Will I receive painkillers for my tooth extraction?

Most patients will receive painkillers after a tooth extraction. This may include opioids, such as Norco, but acetaminophen and ibuprofen are also pain-relief options. If you have concerns about certain medications, talk to Dr. Zwier about how best to manage your pain.

How quickly can a tooth extraction heal?

Typically, a tooth extraction heals within one to two weeks. Applying pressure to the tooth socket by biting gauze will help a blood clot form faster, and ice packs can help to reduce swelling after the bleeding has stopped. For the fastest and most effective healing, make sure you get plenty of rest and healthy foods, and keep the extraction site clean to minimize signs of infection.

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