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.

Knob Creek Oral Clinic, oral & maxillofacial surgery

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Dr Prince and staff were excellent! I was very anxious about the extraction after seeing friends come back from other places with their head wrapped in icepacks. Shatoya and Donna put me at ease and Dr Prince was about as gentle as you can be while pulling a tooth out of my head. No pain during and its now been 8hrs since i left and have had very, very minimal discomfort. Best dental experience ive ever had and would highly recommend this office.

- James M

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Dr. Prince and his assistant, Shatoya were dependable in making me feel welcome and completely at ease before doing my procedure. I give this office my highest and most positive remarks and would definitely recommend to others!

- Anitra B

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Dr. Prince is a wonderful oral surgeon! Great personality that puts you at ease. He has very kind and helpful staff members. I will definitely go back and recommend them to everyone. I had a tooth extraction about 6 months ago that hurt for 2 weeks. I have had very little pain and swelling with Dr. Prince’s extraction of my tooth.

- Cherri T

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My son attends ETSU and we're from Ga .He called me on a Thursday complaining his tooth was hurting really bad. I contacted his dentist and they referred him to Oral Surgeon Dr.Prince , he was very nice and so are the staff. The office was very neat and clean.Dr.Prince took my son back and he was out of there in 15 minutes. My son said he did an awesome job, and he had no complaints. I would go to Dr.Prince again we were very satisfied. Thanks again Knob Creek staff and Dr.Prince.

- CAROLYN F

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Very happy with the experience overall! I had a very bad tooth that had to be pulled. Looked online and this clinic was the only one in my area that I saw that had all 5-star reviews. Called clinic on Wednesday, had consult/x-ray Thursday morning and had tooth pulled Thursday afternoon. Thought it was pretty impressive get the extraction done the day after I called for appointment. Everyone there was friendly, Dr. Prince, the hygienist and the ladies at the front desk. Dr. Prince was very professional and also funny, has a good sense of humor which helped me feel relaxed and made the procedure as easy as possible. I had chosen not to take anesthesia because it would be more expensive and I do not have dental insurance. But the extraction was very quick and pretty painless overall. The only real pain I felt was from the numbing needle, which is understandable. After that, all I felt was pressure. My wife and 2 kids came with me to the office for the procedure, and the girl up front was so friendly that my wife said she enjoyed talking to her while I was in surgery. Everyone was so nice and also the office is very neat and relaxing! Would recommend Dr. Prince to anyone that needs a tooth pulled. And since I did not have dental insurance, they gave me 20% off my bill.

- Zach H

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I recommend Dr. Prince and staff to everyone who wants the finest dental care. I intend to have more important work done. So glad I discovered Knob Creek Oral Clinic

- Robin Y

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Kayla was so kind when I walked in, and was patient while I was filling out forms. Shatoya was so sweet to myself and my 9yr old son that had to tag along with me. She was very thorough and a true professional, but somehow still made me feel like an old friend. Dr. Prince was more than I could have hoped for. So fortunate for someone like him in our area who served our country for many years and is so intelligent, with a sparkling personality. He truly made me enjoy my appointment, by making me feel at ease, explaining what he was doing and what to expect and making me smile amd laugh as much as he could. I can't thank each of you enough and I will use him in the future and will recommend to everyone. God Bless!

- Atlanta M

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I'm going to tell you, I was very pleased with my experience at this office. From the start, the staff was very helpful with scheduling and offering a treatment plan, which I thought was very professional. If you do your research, you will see that Dr. Prince is a highly qualified oral surgeon. He's also ex-military and was in some type of command position at a military hospital, if I'm not mistaken. He's genuinely a nice guy too, and really puts you at ease when you talk with him, as well during the procedure. I had an extraction that my regular dentist didn't want to touch. But, it was very simple evidently for Dr. Prince. It was done painlessly within about 5 minutes. He even stitched it up, which I think really helped with healing. So, there is no doubt I would highly recommend Dr. Prince.

- Craig S

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A friend suggested Knob Creek Oral Clinic and I'm glad he did. I will certainly let my friends know that this is the place to go for wonderful treatment, friendly people, and reasonable prices.

- Barbara M

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I was very pleased with my experience with Dr. Prince and his staff. They went out of there way to make me comfortable and educated during my procedure. They made me aware of all costs up front and called the following day to check on my recovery. I would highly recommend this Practice.

- Chad W

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