Extractions

You and Dr. Sanfilippo 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. Sanfilippo 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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The extraction was quick and nearly painless - I wouldn’t try it at home they are the professionals

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made an unpleasant necessity as comfortable as possible, plus follow up next day phone call.

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Due to an emergency, my surgery was scheduled within 1 day from a referral. When I arrived, I was in so much pain and the staff immediately recognized that. They treated me with care, respect, and quickly got started with the analysis and procedure. Before I knew it, they were done and I felt much better. They scheduled multiple post-procedure check-ups just to see how I was doing. I will definitely be back for anything else needed.

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Very comfortable setting, staff very welcoming helped my 14 yr old to relax before her procedure

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Everyone Sharon and Jean and even Dr. Sanfillippo were absolutely wonderful.

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Staff very nice and followed up same day plus following day

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Friendly staff, thorough explanations, quick and relatively painless procedure.

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Excellent experience with highly qualified staff.

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Everything went well, after the extraction I went home and followed the instructions I was given. After the novocaine wore off I had very little pain and not much swelling. It has been one week today and I feel fine.

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My procedure went very smoothly. Everything was quick. Doctor and his assistant were very nice.

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very "light spirited " staff. made me feel more at ease.

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I was suffering from an abscessed wisdom tooth and they was able to fit me in due to the suffering I was exhibiting. A very quick painless experience.

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Very impressed with everything related to the office, staff and Dr. Sanfillipo.

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Would use service at anytime. Great people & very consider

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