You and Drs. Fink or Gady may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.
To avoid these complications, in most cases, Drs. Fink or Gady will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.
The Extraction Process
At the time of extraction the doctor will need to numb your tooth, jaw bone and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic.
During the extraction process you will feel a lot of pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal.
You feel the pressure without pain as the anesthetic has numbed the nerves stopping the transference of pain, yet the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected.
If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction please let us know right away.
Sectioning a tooth
Some teeth require sectioning. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is so firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved and the socket can’t expand enough to remove it. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections then removes each section one at a time.
After Tooth Extraction
After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times to staunch the flow of blood.
After the blood clot forms it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.
Use pain medication as directed. Call our office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.
It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.
After a few days you should feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.
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I had already spent more than a month managing an unbelievably painful and involved tooth abscess, followed by an attempt to save the tooth in order to keep my dental bridge. Once it was seen that the tooth could not be saved, I was referred to Dr. Gady to handle the extraction. I was so relieved to be assured by Dr. Gady during my visit to assess the tooth, that the extraction could be done well and with minimal anesthetic. My visit to extract the tooth went smoothly. His office called the next day to make sure I was doing well. His instructions for after care were easy to follow. I did not require a follow up! I would return for any future work I would need and have already recommended this office to several of my Garden Club ladies!! Thanks so much for your service!
- Wanda H
I had the best experience ever. I had an issue with my tooth that made me visit the dentist on Thursday and I was able to go into the Oral surgeon by Friday morning to get the tooth taken care of since it was unsavable. Dr. Gady was amazing. He was very attentive and explained everything that was happening. Dr Gady checked in the same night after surgery which was really great. I had no pain, incredible recovery and all thanks to Dr Gady's amazing service. Thank you all!!!!
- Calitchi M
Too notch experience from start to finish. Thank you.
- Alice C
Tooth extraction done right.
- Claire Y
I highly recommend Dr. Gady. He and his staff are a cut above the rest. I had a painless tooth extraction in a clean, classy and comfortable environment. Thank you Dr. Gady!
- Susan D
I was treated very professionally by a clearly competent and compassionate staff.
- Barbara P
My experience with Dr. Gady and his staff was great. I had a dental emergency and they fit me right in and took care of my insurance issues. I am still receiving treatment and have total confidence. I have recommended this practice to everyone I know!
- Leslie I
Really like Doctor Gady, he is very friendly and down to earth.
- Lynn B