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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- anthony squadrito s

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Would Recommend this office to everyone that I know. Procedures were quick, safe and great conversation before, during and after. Office went the extra mileto show they care about your well being.

- Dwain E

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The only place I would for my oral care

- Gleen M

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Wonderful professional experience with Dr.Meyer

- Pat S

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I was a bit nervous had been in pain for weeks and I was well .taken care of promptly.

- Arlene W

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- Janet G

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First time I had a tooth extraction when I wasn't in intense pain. Did not use any pain killers at all. Would definitely let Dr. Shah do it again. Will be going back for implants.

- Anthony B

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I like professionalism. Thats exactly what i got w Dr Gelband. Explains everything and well. Will be my choice should I need further care.

- ray f

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I would give more than 5 stars if I could. If you look up chicken in the dictionary you will see my face. I have EXTREME anxiety going to the dentist and Dr. Paterson and his staff made me feel so at ease and comfortable. When I showed up for my appointment I did not realize that it was for a consultation only and I immediately panicked thinking I would have to come back. I even brought my mom with me so I was sure I would get out out the car. As soon as I met Dr. Paterson he made me feel so at ease with his funny personality and calm bedside manner. After explaining what I needed done we agreed I would be put under for my procedure. To my surprise he squeezed me in and we took care of everything that day. I cant thank him enough. Thank you to Ruth and Pat as well. All in a all a great experience. I still have a little bit of lingering discomfort bu that is to be expected. If your scared of the dentist like me please do not hesitate and go see Dr. Paterson, you wont be sorry!!


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Dr. Shah is simply phenomenal! He was very thorough, explained everything, and made sure I was medically clear prior to scheduling. I didn’t have any pain, nor did I need any medication after the procedure. You wouldn’t even know I had a tooth extracted! His nurses were equally as wonderful! I do not normally take the time to write reviews, however I had to write this one! I would highly recommend Dr. Shah to anyone in need of oral surgery!

- Jeannette T

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