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.
Schedule an Appointment online or call one of our four convenient locations.
Ocean Township: Ocean Township Office Phone Number 732-531-4400
Old Bridge: Old Bridge Office Phone Number 732-679-0800
Tooth Extraction Reviews
Central Jersey Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, P.A.
Very nice and caring office.
- Kelly T
On a late Tuesday afternoon, after many calls seeking help during a dangerous emergency dental situation without any success, I walked into CJOMS's office as they were closing. Even though the staff and Dr. G were preparing to leave for the day, without complaint, they rebooted their computers, set me up with an immediate x-ray to determine the problem and put a plan in place for my treatment. I was so relieved by their sympathy for the severity of my condition and the excruciating pain I was experiencing. I am very pleased to say that the very serious matter was resolved the following day with zero pain and only minimal discomfort. I was treated with such kindness and compassion by Dr. G and his staff and I am forever grateful. Without question, I am happy to share this story with others and am very pleased to recommend their office to anyone and everyone.
- Heather V
Very happy with this doctor. Procedure was smooth, everything was well explained, and he personally followed up with me later that day.
- Kellie M
Doctor Meyer and his staff were very professional and nice.
- Joe M
I anticipated extraction to be much more difficult. The procedure was quick and painless.
- Gunther S
Wonderful experience from start to finish!
- Patricia S