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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I have a serious case of dentophobia and Dr. Prince and his staff had me completely relaxed and at ease for my procedure. I just can't say enough good things about my experience at their office. I highly recommend them, they're awesome!

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Our experience at Knob Creek Oral Clinic was great! Dr. Prince and the staff was very friendly and professional. Our eight year old son felt very comfortable with them. I was also impressed with the follow-up phone call I received after my son's procedure. I highly recommend this group of fine professionals!

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I wish I had known this was here last year when I had to have oral surgery. I will never go anywhere again. The staff and doctor are so caring and personable. They make you feel at ease and important.

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I can't say enough of how pleased I am with the service I received today. The staff was wonderful and extremely nice and Dr. Prince was amazingly nice and made sure that I was completely comfortable before starting the procedure. I would definitely recommend anyone needing an oral surgery to give Knob creek oral clinic a try you want be disappointed. They definitely have my business for my future need. Thank you Dr.Prince and the staff for a wonderful experience.

- Jacob E

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I had the best appointment possible with having an extraction. Everyone from the Doctor to the staff were great and everything was made easy.

- Mary B

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Everyone was amazing! Put me at ease and were the nicest people ever! Two thumbs way up for this whole facility!

- Kristianna G

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The front reception staff was very friendly and welcoming. When I arrived for the procedure, the entire staff made me feel comfortable and relaxed. This was the easiest extraction I have ever had. Thanks to all.

- Robert T

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Everyone there was great. I had to have a tooth removed. It had already had a root canal but kept giving me trouble. They explained everything to me and joked around with me. I felt very comfortable while there. I was fixed and leaving in no time. I have had no issues since. Thanks again for everything!!!

- Josh B

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The staff was able to accommodate my emergency extraction the same day as requested by my dental provider. Dr. Prince and his staff were very professional, timely, and informative throughout the process. I have additional health related problems, However the well trained staff was more than capable of making the necessary provisions. Overall, the entire team went above and beyond for me and I had a very speedy recovery without any set backs.

- Jason H

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Best treatment and care I have ever received. Thank you!

- Bill H

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