Extractions

You and Dr. Abt 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. Abt 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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- Brian Drum D

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Thank you Dr Abt and surgery staff. M extraction went smoothly and painlessly you are most professional and skilled

- Linda N

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Excellent experience. I had great confidence in Dr. Abt who treated me. He was informative throughout my procedure keeping me updated on what he was doing. I like that. His staff were friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Thank you.

- roy s

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Very surprised with recent appointment/dental work. Almost too good to be true. Everything went according to schedule and plan. Painless. Nothing but first class all the way around. Thank you!

- Jan F

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Top notch facility and staff. Would highly recommend to anyone.

- Mike H

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This was the best experience I've ever had with a tooth extraction! I was referred by Dr. Edwards and was granted an immediate appt. Everything from check in (online option) to final instructions was clear, easy and straightforward. The entire staff was professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and compassionate without being patronizing. The facility was very clean, calm and inviting. I was very impressed with time both the front office and Dr. Abt took to review my medical history with me. The procedure itself was surprisingly brief and each step was explained to me in detail as I opted for local anesthesia (they do offer sedation). I was sent home with the least amount of mouth discomfort I've ever experienced after having a tooth pulled and went to work the next day. Dr. Abt even called me that afternoon to check on me! Highest marks to Dr. Abt and his staff!

- Karin M

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Very happy with everyone! love to visit and so convenient.

- shirley E

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Congratulations on your new office building and location. Very clean and well lite. Dr. Abt will be my go to oral surgery doctor.

- David B

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I would absolutely recommend this office to my friends and family. I am prone to dry-socket and Dr. Ebt did everything he could to help me avoid it, and so far I have been successful. I couldn't be more pleased with my experience.

- Karisa R

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This was almost an "emergency" extraction - had to be done, and quickly. I was scheduled for the following day, early - and as with my first visit, was treated with care, kindness and efficiency - I'm a pain wimp and asked for the full anesthesia drip. While the day after was a little tough (my body doesn't like antibiotics), by day three things feel good and the healing is happening. I am so impressed with this office, with Dr. Abt and how they respected my request; I would absolutely come back for any other work as serious as this was.

- Jane C

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