Extractions

Your general dentist or orthodontist, or Dr. Rethman, may determine that you need a tooth or multiple teeth extracted 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, Dr. Rethman can 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 any problems should arise after surgery or if you have any questions or concerns, please call our office at Prescott Oral & Implant Surgery Phone Number 928-778-5527 and you will have the option to connect to our 24/7 answering service who will then contact Dr. Rethman.

Prescott Oral & Implant Surgery

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Almost a pleasant experience.

- Keith B

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Hey, I was expecting at least a little suffering! But: NO!!! I was (almost) disappointed, but then I decided to be happy, instead!

- Tommy K

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Did not know what to expect but it was a gentle process (hard to think of a tooth extraction like that). No wasted time at all. No discomfort.

- Harriette R

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I have been a patient of Dr. Rethman's for years. I don't see him often, but whenever I do, I walk out of the office feeling good...knowing that I have received the best care possible. Dr. R is a professional, a gentleman, a careful, kind and caring man. The evening of my procedure, when he made his follow-up call, I told him I was still having problems. He told us to meet him back at the office. We did, he fixed me up, and joked about his half done barbecue! Now that is good patient care!

- Donna R

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I only have 2 thumbs...2 thumbs up!! If I had more thumbs it would be all thumbs up! Thank you!

- Jackye H

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Very pleasantly surprised. I've had my fill of dentists and dental specialists as of late but I must say I felt like I was treated honestly, courteously and professionally. Thanks!

- Joseph K

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Dr. Rethman is awesome. He's got a good sense of humor and helps keeps anxiety at bay. The majority of staff is kind as well.

- Michele

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Fabulous Dr. and staff! My son needed 7 teeth pulled for braces and Dr. Rethman was so good with him!

- Karen R

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very nice office atmosphere. Dr. Rethman explained the procedure and was very kind.

- Susan

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Great care, friendly staff, excellent doctor.

- Terry D

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No one ever truly wants to go to the dentist, but when necessary, you want to have a positive experience with caring, helpful staff and a Dr. who is gentle, informative and does quality work. Dr. Rethman was one of the best dentists I have ever gone to. Thank you all so much. I really enjoyed the laughter during our discussions while in the 'chair'. Refreshing! It was appreciated!

- Gretchen K

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Dr. Rethman and the entire staff were professional, efficient and, at the same time, very warm and caring. My procedure went smoothly and instructions for aftercare were complete and effective.

- Elaine Y

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I would highly, highy recommend Dr. Rethman and his staff! After the procedure which the doctor made it so much easier than I ever thought it could be, his assistant thoroughly explained everything to me in a way that I could understand and appreciate . Also received a follow-up call the evening of the appointment from Dr. Rethman, checking to see how I was doing . Thank you Dr. Rathman and staff !!!

- Susan Q

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Overall an unexpected and "pleasant" experience. Now who can say that about a tooth extraction!!! So far no pain or problems following the surgery. For the most part I don't even know that I had the surgery. Great job Dr. Rethman...thanks and Semper FI.

- William Morrison M

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Even though I arrived without my prescription list I was treated wonderfully. I have a frozen neck and sciatica which makes it hard for me to move. Doctor and staff were very gentle with me. I had an extraction that is healing nicely and am experiencing very little pain. I highly recommend Dr Rethman to anyone needing his range of services.

- Grace Bowell

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Dr. Rethman and his staff are the most courteous and helpful of any oral office I have ever been in. When other dentists recommend an extraction, I tell them that only Dr. Rethman will preform the procedure. This office is amazing in their technical and people skills. I do recommend this office to anyone seeking the services that they preform. Again, simply the BEST!

- John M

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Very nice office staff Dr. Rethman was excellent.

- Mary Ann R

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Even though I'm not excited to have a tooth pulled, I totally respect everyone at Dr. Rethman's office. They are so nice and caring. Dr. Rethman is the best when it comes to extracting a tooth. I didn't experience discomfort and it was over before I knew it!

- Patti u

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I was so surprised. No pain at all. I appreciated the follow up call too.

- Judith J

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Very pleased with care and result

- Richard C

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