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.

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The follow-up phone call that evening was very caring and helpful. Dr R mentioned that the 2nd and 3rd day might present more pain...and I did experience that, and if I hadn't known it was normal I might have called the office with my concern. Kudos to all.

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i have been going to dr. rethman for several years , during which time i have had two tooth extractions, one implant and will soon be having the second implant. dr. rethman is easy to talk to , very gentle (have had no swelling or bruising), and he explains what he is doing as he goes along.

- Sandra B

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I have gone to Dr Rethman for years for various procedures and have always been very happy. He is easy to talk to and keeps you informed about what is doing and what to expect.

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Dr. Rethman has done several extractions with minimal pain and no complications. He and his staff are very pleasant and professional. His follow-up by phone the day of the service makes one confident of his availability in the event of questions/concerns.

- Jeanne Q

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I was very pleased with the care I receive from Dr. Rethman and his staff. Thank you!

- Hazel L

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I will say the staff and Dr.Rethman are very professional, I would recommend them to anyone, the best in town. My First Visit was in 2006 and I'm still very pleased with the service they offer.

- Don H

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Dr. Rethman was very personable, patient,

- Anonymous

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Did great job And staff was great also

- William Booth

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I had grave concerns about the tooth extraction but Dr. Rethman calmed my nerves, relaxed me, and the the whole procedure was done with professionalism and without pain. My healing process was excellent. I recommend Dr. Rethman highly to anyone who needs specialized dental procedures. He is an excellent dentist.

- Patricia F

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I would recommend Dr. Rethman to my friends. I have never had any problem with workmanship that he has done for me.

- Jo Anne P

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Everyone was kind and helpful and professional. The procedure went smoothly. Minimal pain afterward.

- Sandra R

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The return home packet was very much appreciated. The tea bag and Propel packet were a pleasant treat. THANK YOU

- Clara E

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I couldn't have been more satisfied with the entire experience from start to finish. I felt relaxed and safe in competent hands. I feel confident that any follow-up care would be provided if necessary.

- Richard P

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Doctor and his nurse have good senor of humor. they make you feel like your are with friends. Any time I need a tooth extraction I always go to Dr. Rethman. He is the first one I think of when a friend asks who to use to get oral surgery done.

- edward massa m

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Thank you all.

- Ray C

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Great experience! Very welcoming.

- Kathy G

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Great experience will be back soon. Everything was great at this office.

- Stephen S

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Was sent here by my dentist to have a wisdom tooth extracted. Although it was a simple extraction, luckily, as there was nothing wrong with the tooth ( just too crowded) the process was quick and painless. I was made very comfortable during the process and have had absolutely no post surgical pain, swelling or bruising.

- Susan K

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Both my husband, James, and I have had more than one visit to Dr. Rethman. Very satisfied with the whole extraction procedure.

- FREDA j

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I was very comfortable as I was explained the entire procedure as it was on going and was very grateful the staff made me feel very relaxed.

- Lisa B

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