Tooth Extractions

You and Dr. Meyer, Dr. McElroy, Dr. Paterson, Dr. Gelband or Dr. Shah 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. Meyer, McElroy, Paterson, Gelband or Shah 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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5 out of 5 stars based on 93 Tooth Extractions reviews.

Thank You Dr. Paterson, I needed a tooth removed. Excruciating pain the past two days. I was granted an appointment this morning (a cancellation). Dr. Paterson could not have been nicer and more welcoming.I had not expected to have the tooth extracted immediately!I agreed to sedation. When I awoke, my wife was sitting in the exam room, the tooth was gone, I remember nothing.No post procedure pain nor discomfort! Thank you Dr. Paterson for making the pain go away! Thank you to your super friendly and extremely professional and knowledgeable staff for taking such amazing care of me!Dr. Paterson is aplombStuartEnglishtown Stuart - January 16, 2024

- Stuart G

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I am usually terrified of a dentist. this dentist was different. I felt so comfortable by the time I walked in to the time I left. Everything was explained clearly and acurately. They made me feel so comfortable. I would definitely recomment them to my family and friends. Its very hard for me to compliment anyone but this was easy. The staff the dentist was all smiling what a good feeling I had when I walked in.

- Audrey C

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Dr Shah and his staff are amazing!!!

- Dave S

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Dr. Patterson and the medical assistants who were with him during my daughter’s extraction were outstanding. They were patient, caring, encouraging, and kind. Dr. Patterson provided excellent care.

- Neal D

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Agnes was amazing! I was nervous going in and she put me at ease & was a wonderful support throughout the procedure. Dr. Meyer was extraordinary and truly put me at ease. I highly recommend this group & especially this team!

- Susan

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Everyone was very nice and explained things clearly. Procedure went perfect. Thanks to all involved.

- Tommy P

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I needed two molars extracted. I was extremely nervous and was not sure if I could get through the procedure. Pat was the nurse that prepped me and she was so kind. She talked to me the whole time and assured me I would be fine. Dr, McElroy was great. He talked to me the whole time, there was no pain and it was over before I knew it. Everyone was wonderful. Great office. Thank you all.

- Debbie C

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The staff took my emergency call and told me to come with no appointment. Dr. Meyer explained everything and removed a cracked tooth. The other oral center of which I will never go back to refused to remove the tooth and rescheduled me 30 days out after being in their office on a scheduled visit. But thank God for Center Jersey, very professional and understanding. You guys are the best. Mr. Lee

- Edmond L

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The entire staff here was friendly and caring, Dr. Paterson was amazing with his treatment and friendliness. This was a fantastic experience considering I had a tooth extracted. I rate them a perfect score 10/10.

- Jeff M

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Dr. Meyer is the best! Explains the procedure, does not make you feel as if you’re part of an assembly line, is professional and nice. I would never go to any other oral surgeon. In addition, his office staff could conduct a tutorial on how to treat patients with consideration and friendliness.

- Marilyn S

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