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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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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Dr. Rethman and his staff are the best. All were professional, courteous and kind. My entire experience, from beginning to end, was positive, easeful and painless. I would highly recommend Prescott Oral Surgery to my family and friends.

- Susan A

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Dr. Rethman's dental surgery and "bedside" manor are superb. He explained everything to be done in advance and made a running commentary as the extraction was done. The aftermath is great. I'm healing quickly and without pain after the first two days.

- "Bob" (John Robert) M

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made me feel quite comfortable n at ease through my procedure.

- Rom W

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Thank you all for taking excellent care of my urgent situation!

- Lisa G

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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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