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.

Soundview Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

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Personable and professionally very competent.

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I was so needlessly nervous and the nurse who attended was so fantastic and calming..also the doctor was funny and confident and fast..thank you so much for helping me

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I had four teeth pulled. It was as much fun as it sounds. Staff are awesome.

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Everything went super smooth and the follow up was awesome!

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Other than my appointment ran about a half an hour later than scheduled everything was great. The assistant (don't remember her name) was wonderful and Dr. San Filipo was very good. I appreciate the calls after my procedure to make sure I was feeling okay.

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Great friendly staff and doctor

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I do not like having my back teeth messed with as I have several issues with allergy and reflux issues. The Dr. and the nurse made me feel very comfortable with what was needed to be done concerning the removal of a root that was left after a crown broke off. The root was quickly removed and stitched. I was on my way in no time.

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great service

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Very helpful

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I was a last minute, appt. by referral and I could not have been treated any better!

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As much as no one enjoys have extractions, the staff is there to make your visit is as easy and calming as possible.

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Excellent practice. Dr Sanfillippo and his staff are highly competent. It is a very congenial office.

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If I ever need dental surgery, this practice is the one I will return to.

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Very good service by Dr. Ross J. Sanfilippo & staff members. Thank you! Sincerely, Elizabeth Garcia Gonzalez

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I wasn't looking forward to this procedure at all; extremely nervous to put it mildly! The staff was exceptionally kind and the doctors assistant went over and above to make me feel comfortable. Dr. Sanfilippo came in, spoke to me before giving me the novacaine and again his assistant was right there by my side. The procedure was quick, easy and painless! I walked out smiling!!! I certainly would give this office a high recommendation....

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As stated above "courtesy/friendliness"

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EASIEST TOOTH REMOVAL I HAVE EVER HAD!!!!!!!

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Calming, caring and excellent service! Thanks so much! Verna

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Excellent

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Your entire staff was professional but also kind and compassionate. Thanks for your wonderful care.

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