You and Dr. Sheppard 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. Sheppard will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.
The Tooth 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: Center For Oral & Dental Implant Surgery Phone Number 817-477-0922. 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: Center For Oral & Dental Implant Surgery Phone Number 817-477-0922.
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Patient Reviews: Tooth Extractions
Please visit the Patient Review Form page to leave a review about your tooth extraction experiences with Center for Oral & Dental Implant Surgery and oral surgeon Dr. Sheppard. Call our office if you would like more information: Center For Oral & Dental Implant Surgery Phone Number 817-477-0922.
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Patient Review by Vanessa D
I would highly recommend Dr. Michael Sheppard. Almost a painless extraction did not know teeth were pulled, just amazing for a dentist. Anyone looking for a great dentist please call him, no worries for me now about getting a tooth pulled going forward I have found a diamond in the rough of dentistry. Truly Blessed that I was able to find him on google search. I am really in aww after my extraction Thank You
- Vanessa D
Patient Review by Myranna M
The Staff at Center for Oral Surgery have went above & beyond to make me feel comfortable. They were very attentive to all my needs. Their customer service along with clinical experience have made me a life long patient. Thank You!! Dr. Sheppard & Staff!!
- Myranna M
Patient Review by Darren D
Two different extractions in 2018, very smooth, no issues. Pain med prescribed was not needed for either extraction. Highly recommend Dr. Sheppard (and staff).
- Darren D
Patient Review by Elliott Q
Even if it is for the betterment of your health, tooth extractions are never fun. But the quick and friendly staff made it as quick and painless of an experience as possible.
- Elliott Q
Patient Review by Gordon S
Quick, painless, and fast. Had a broken wisdom tooth pulled (#16) It was all over before I realized it had started.
- Gordon S
Patient Review by Jose L
Excellent visit. Very friendly and professional. Very painless.
- Jose L
Patient Review by Victor S
A wonderful experience from start to finish. Despite the pain that necessitated the visit, Dr. Sheppard and his team were amazing. Will definitely recommend The Center for Oral Surgery to everyone I know who needs his services.
- Victor S
Patient Review by Craig G
Very nice and professional service. I will definitely be comming back.
- Craig G
Patient Review by Jeri D
You and your staff made a tough situation much easier. Procedure was pain free and recovery was quick and easy because of the flawless work. Thank you!
- Jeri D
Patient Review by Odessa R
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Patient Review by Jeffrey M
The staff is very nice and friendly. They take great pride in what they do. I would recommend their services to everyone. They are kind, caring and extremely proffesional.
- Jeffrey M
Patient Review by Julia C
Great staff and doctor. Very lovely office with a professional staff. So glad we found this team!!
- Julia C
Patient Review by Capt. Jerry N
Michael is The Guy You Want Running Your Family Business. He Does His Homework and He Knows His Business. He Makes You Feel Secure in Having Him Take Care of Your Most Treasured Possesions. Your Chicklettes ! I Recomend Michael & His Highly Qualified Staff With Confidence & Without Reservation. Capt.
- Capt. Jerry N