You and your doctor 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, our doctors 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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Our Latest Patient Testimonial
On January 3, 2017, at night I left an emergency message that my tooth broke, I was in pain and I needed to see a dentist. I found Canyon Vista flier (never heard of the business before) and called them after hours. Blanca (front office), called me the next day on January 4, 2017 in the morning and arranged me to see a dentist within a few hours. I was desperate and relieved. I place was around 10 minutes drive from me. Upon arrival (my first visit), I met Blanca. She was kind, compassionate, and friendly, and conducted herself in a professional manner. On the waiting room, it was helpful to view on a tv screen all the treatments the business offered. Inside a special room two females provided me with service. One Female took my ex rays along with her Hispanic female assisted her. Both treated me with respect, dignity, compassionate and thanked me for serving my country in the military. Bret Standage, DMD entered the room. He was friendly, shook my hand and proceeded to explain what he needed to do to extract my tooth. Upon our conversation, he respected my veteran sensitivity (gave me a shot), respected me as a war veteran, was a good listener, compassionate, understanding, kind, treated me with dignity, explained my needed future treatments and was honest (had integrity) plus he respected my final choice (i.e. time, money, etc.); of my possible ongoing care. He also took the time and showed my broken tooth on an ex ray picture in which I appreciate. Dr Standage extracted my tooth and during the operation, he took the time to explain to me in detail what he was doing as he proceeded to remove my tooth. Afterwards, a female staff explained the financial part but I did not understand the medical terminology. Because a price was already set on the form for future treatment, I was hesitant to sign the special treatment form for I had not consented to any future treatment. Dr. Standage had accepted me having time to think of future treatment. It's important to me to make the final decision regarding my treatment! I was blessed, however, because the tooth extraction would have cost me $400+ but the price was lowered to $300. Also, the Preventative Dentistry program was offered to me for $180 in which would save me money. This was a blessing to me. Thus, I paid in cash. Overall, I had a comfortable experience with the staff. I felt like these professionals understood my dire need and I was treated with dignity, respect and they conducted themselves as professionals. Having the concern of a future eye operation I may need, I decided to continue with Canyon Vista at Apache Junction, AZ..
- Ronald L
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