Extractions

You and Dr. Prince 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, Dr. Prince 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, jawbone 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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Very nervous, always afraid of dentists, but everyone made me feel comfortable and more at ease. Dr Prince and his assistant are very professional, yet relaxing to be around. Would come back if I needed the services. Would recommend to others.

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Like many, a bit nervous going in for my first visit. The quick bite of the needle numbed the playing field. I felt some light pressure, then Dr. Prince announced that "the worst was behind us". Are you kidding? Really? My two teeth have been extracted already? A couple of painless stitches, and it was over. The entire procedure took less time than my last haircut. No pain, nuhho swelling. Best. Oral. Surgeon. Ever!

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I have significant dental anxiety and they made it as comfortable as it can be for me. Wish I could come here for all of my dental work.

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I had a tooth extracted. The only thing I felt was the needle when he numbed me. I felt a little pressure and then the tooth was out. I had no swelling or pain. He did a really good job. thanks to the doctor and staff for their gentle care.

- Joyce F

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Will recommend this office to all friends and family. Shatoya was amazing and helping me with this procedure. Dr. Prince was amazing and extremely quick. My overall experience was the best dentist office Ive ever attended,

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By far the best Dental practice in the Tri-Cities. I will be back to talk about implants in the near future

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Very happy with my daughters care. Dr and staff were all amazing

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The entire staff was great and Dr. Prince was exceptional. Very caring about my pain level and comfort.

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