You and Dr. Fuentes 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. Fuentes 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.
Spring Cypress Oral Surgery and Implant Center
Patient Review By Scott S
From the first call to make my appointment to the surgery I could not have been more pleased. The people that work here are truly a happy and caring people. Doc is gentle and comforting. My tooth extraction took 2 minutes and then we spent 15 minutes talking about fishing! 5 stars
- Scott S
Patient Review By Josephine W
I had a tooth pulled with sedation. This is the only way to go. The IV was what I was most scared about and I didn't even feel it. It was so easy. Fell asleep for the procedure and woke up happy. Dr. Fuentes and his team are truly exceptional. They all give off such a friendly and caring vibe. Thank you so much for taking care of this big chicken. it couldn't have gone any easier.
- Josephine W
Patient Review By Ben G
Dr. F. is an oral surgery stud! Everyone at the office is top notch. I had a crazy insurance company and they were able to help me out to get coverage for my procedure using my medical and dental benefits. Thank you, thank you to Joy for helping me get everything situated. My surgery went great and I healed up very quick. Go see this team if you need oral surgery.
- Ben G
Patient Review By Steven
Incredible doctor. Will return if need future oral surgery procedures.
Patient Review By Colleen
Wonderful experience. This is the kind of thing that would have me jangling with nerves. My initial consultation was such a reassuring experience that I was not a bit nervous the day of the extractions. Everything went smoothly with very minimal pain.
Patient Review By Bryan S
Overall, this was the best dentist visit in my life. I have experienced more residual pain from tooth fillings or crown procedures. Three hours after my tooth extraction, I was back teaching my 6th grade PE class. One day later, no pain, no swelling, and happy. I would highly recommend Dr. Fuentes to any of my friends and family!
- Bryan S
Patient Review By Linda D
What a terrific surgeon! So personable. So compassionate during my procedure. Dr. Fuentes continued to explain each step of the tooth extraction process. His Assistant had her arm around me to comfort me along the way. I would highly recommend him and his Staff.
- Linda D