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

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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Dr. Shah is excellent...Very professional, yet friendly and reassuring. He truly listens to his patients, understanding their concerns and apprehensions, and really does put his patients at ease with his caring and his wonderful "chair-side" manner. He is extremely thorough, having consulted with several of my other medical specialists prior to performing this procedure to make sure that there were no negatively interacting medical details. I find that to be so refreshing, as the bulk of my experience with medical specialists is that they simply "do their own thing" without taking with any other medical professionals. Having to have a molar tooth extracted initially caused me extreme anxiety, but Dr. Shah and his team (especially his nurse, Angela, who sat with me and "talked me through it all") truly calmed my anxiety and completed the procedure quickly and extremely well. After the surgery I did not even need a Tylenol, there was no pain at all, and the minor soreness dissipated within a day. If I ever have any need for any future oral surgical procedures I will definitely be back fo see Dr. Shah!

- Ed F

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I would recommend this office 100%

- Kim H

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Everything was great

- Sean D

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I am deathly afraid of the dentist, but the doctor and staff made it a positive experience

- Lori J

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I had 4 teeth extracted using just novocaine. The only part of the procedure that had a little pain was the injections in the palate. Dr Meyer was always asking me "was I ok" and after each tooth asked "do you want to continue or take a break". That night very little discomfort, took 2 tylenol, discomfort gone. Next day all was good. I would recommend Dr. Meyer to family and friends.

- Charles U

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Dr Meyer is FANTASTIC!! I needed a tooth extracted immediately and he got me in for Condit and extraction immediately The staff extremely professional and cheerful. I never had "dentist anxiety"! I highly recommend Dr. Meyer and the Ocean office

- Leon A

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The Doctor and staff fully walked me through every step of the procedure, they are all very friendly and go the extra to make you comfortable

- Mitchell

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Dr. Meyer got my tooth out quick with no problem!

- Patricia B

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I went there for tooth extraction. I usually bleed a lot but to my surprise there was very minimal bleeding and it healed nicely. When I went there for implant that was also a breeze. I really had some bad experience with my previously dentists. Very happy with Dr Shah's knowledge, experience and calmness. Highly recommended him.

- Smita N

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