Drs. Grant and Conger
602 Main Street, Dalton, GA 30720

Your Action Plan for a Worry-free Tooth Extraction

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When it comes to tooth extraction, you may not know what to do or what to expect. Soak in these facts on what you can do to make yours a rapid recovery.

Giving your Dentist all the Facts Before your Procedure

While a tooth extraction is a very safe procedure, some people have an increased risk of complications due to special medical circumstances. Before your dentist begins pulling teeth, make sure he’s aware of your complete medical history, any pre-existing conditions, and all of the medications and supplements you currently take. This will allow the dentist to take the proper precautions and prescribe the ideal aftercare.

When the Extraction is Complete

Once the dentist has finished pulling teeth, he will pack a gauze pad into the tooth socket and have you bite down on it to both stop the bleeding and form a protective blood clot that will allow the wound to heal. If the blood clot breaks during the healing process, it can be extremely painful and dangerous, so call your dentist immediately to get the proper toothache relief.

The Rules of Recovery

After your tooth extraction, you will be sent home to recover. It typically takes about a week until you can resume your normal activities. Follow these helpful hints to ease any discomfort and expedite your recovery:

  • Relax for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
  • Reduce your activity for the next two days.
  • Take painkillers as prescribed for toothache relief.
  • Apply ice to the affected area immediately after the procedure to reduce swelling and continue this treatment throughout your recovery for about 10 minutes at a time.
  • Do not rinse your mouth or spit for 24 hours after the extraction to avoid disturbing the blood clot.
  • After 24 hours, rinse with your mouth with warm salt water.
  • Do not drink from a straw for at least a day following the procedure.
  • Eat soft foods, slowly adding solid foods as you heal.
  • When lying down, prop your head with pillows.
  • Brush and floss your teeth as usual, but avoid the extraction site.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Dalton, call Drs. Grant and Conger today at (706) 847-4165 or make an appointment.

Drs. Grant and Conger offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Dalton. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Drs. Grant and Conger, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Drs. Grant and Conger.

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I have been a patient at Dr. Grant’s since 1976 and have always had great work on my teeth there and Dr. Grant and staff are wonderful and friendly always to me and my family who also are patients […]
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Nice staff, and Great customer service! I was able the get an appointment for cleaning very quickly.
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I have been going to Dr. Grant for years with my family and always received warm hospitality. The people here do exceptionally well work. The staff is very kind and willing to help you any way they […]
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Everyone is wonderful. From beginning to end!
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Very skillful staff and professional office environment. I would have liked for a few more moments with the dentist.
Colt S.
Dr. Rausch is amazingly patient when you are terrified,staff is awesome,and everyone is extremely helpful. Thanks so much and may God bless you.
Rhonda S.
I was not given any post op instruction by the assistant. Just a paper but would have liked verbal instruction.
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Have went to this office, since I was a small child. Loved Dr. Conger & Dr. Owen is a great fit to carry on with great care of your teeth!
Tisha W.
Took care made sure their was no pain
Kevin L.
My experience was very pleasant and the dental assistant very kind.The doctor was very nice and kind and didn’t make me feel bad for the length of time since I had been to a dentist.He fixed the […]
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From the receptionist in the front who received me to the lady who checked my account and insurance before I left. Everyone was very friendly and professional.
Matthew O.
Tina and Dr. Grant were professional and supportive. Tina was most considerate of my sensitive teeth and made the experience very pleasant. She also gave me ideas on how to make my sensitivity less.
Shirley D.
I have gone to this office since 1993. I Love them. Friendly, helpful and caring.
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All of the staff is very friendly. I love Dr. Grant he is the best. Offering Dentrite is also a big reasonI, When I retired, I lost dental insurance when I left my job. My hygienist mentioned […]
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I feel everyone treats you so friendly and does a great and professional job.
Holly A.
Dr. Rausch is great and his dental assistant was super sweet. They both catered to my needs during my filling, including caring if I was in pain or not.
Sabrina S.
Everyone was friendly and showed interest that we were taken care of with least amount of pain possible. Best trip to a dentist ever!
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I recently started going to their office as I’m in need of a lot of work, and I have never had such pleasant experience with a dentist. Dr. Rouche and his assistant Isabel are the best, both are […]
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