Extractions | East Lansing, MI

You and Dr. Dwight 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, Dr. Dwight will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.

Call East Lansing Office Phone Number 517-333-9500 today to schedule a consultation.

The Extraction Process

At the time of extraction, Dr. Dwight 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. Dr. Dwight 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 the same gauze pad inserted after surgery for one hour immediately after the appointment. DO NOT CHEW ON THE GAUZE PAD. If, when you remove that gauze after an hour, excessive bleeding persists, moisten and fold a clean gauze pad into a ball, place it directly over the tooth socket, and bite down firmly for another hour. Keep your head elevated and apply an ice bag to the cheek.

After the blood clot forms it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not spit anything out of your mouth, rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, or drink alcohol for 48 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process.  24 hours after surgery, you can begin rinsing gently and brushing teeth next to the extraction site gently.  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. This should be done ONLY For the first 24 hours after surgery, alternating side to side every 15-20 minutes. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours. If swelling is present after 48 hours, apply moist heat to the face.

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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