Dental Extractions :

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Dr. Herget performs extractions on approximately 80 % of his patients that need tooth removal.  Dr. Herget does NOT remove impacted wisdom teeth, refers out patients who wish to be sedated, and will not remove teeth with severely curved roots near the upper sinus cavity or near the lower jaw nerve.

Once a tooth has been pulled, a blood clot usually forms in the socket. Dr. Herget will pack a gauze pad over the socket and have you bite down on it to help stop the bleeding.  After some extractions, Dr.Herget may place self-dissolving stitches to close the gum edges over the extraction site.  Sometimes, the blood clot in the socket breaks loose, exposing the bone in the socket. This is a painful condition called dry socket.  If this happens, Dr. Herget may place a sedative dressing over the socket for a few days to protect it as a new clot forms.  In most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal.  Your mouth will slowly fill in the bone where the tooth was through the formation of a blood clot. 


  • Bite firmly but gently on the gauze pad placed by your dentist to reduce bleeding and allow a clot to form in the tooth socket.  Change gauze pads as they become soaked with blood. Otherwise, leave the pad in place for three to four hours after the extraction.
  • Apply an ice bag to the affected area immediately after the procedure to keep down swelling. Apply ice for 10 minutes at a time.
  • Relax for at least 24 hours after the extraction. Limit activity for the next day or two.
  • Avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully for 24 hours after the extraction to avoid dislodging the clot that forms in the socket.
  • After 24 hours, rinse with your mouth with a solution made of 1/2 teaspoon salt and 8 ounces of warm water.
  • Do not drink from a straw for the first 24 hours.
  • Do not smoke, which can inhibit healing.
  • Eat soft foods, such as soup, pudding, yogurt, or applesauce the day after the extraction. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as the extraction site heals.
  • When lying down, prop your head with pillows. Lying flat may prolong bleeding.
  • Continue to brush and floss your teeth, and brush your tongue, but be sure to avoid the extraction site. Doing so will help prevent infection.


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Dental Extractions.  This website is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for Dental or Medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  The information on this website does not create a patient-dentist relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.  By visiting this site you agree to all its terms and conditions, which may from time to time be changed or supplemented by Dr. James J. Herget listed in the Disclaimer.  If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, you should not enter this site.  Dr. James J. Herget is a proud member of the American Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Association, and the Dodge/Columbia/Marquette Counties Dental Association.  Dr. Herget attended Marquette University in Milwaukee WI.  He graduated in 1988 and immediately moved to Mayville WI where he has been practicing Family Dentistry for 25+ years. Dr. James J. Herget performs many dental services, such as : Dental Fillings, Dental Crowns, Dental Bridges, Dental Implant Reconstruction, Dental Cleanings and Dental sealants ( performed by a licensed Dental Hygienist ), metal free, flexible, partial dentures ( no full dentures ), root canal treatment ( incisors and bicuspids ), basic extractions, and only uses “low-radiation” digital x-rays. If you are looking for quality, family, reasonably priced dentistry : Dr. James J. Herget is your dentist of choice !  If you are a Facebook user we would love to have you as a Friend or just LIKE our page. Dental Extractions.  Affordable Mayville WI Dentist.