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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It is easy to recommend highly skilled professionals. Dr. Kevin Rethman, and his compassionate and knowledgeable staff, made a potentially difficult experience (for me), an easy transition. His mannerisms put my anxiety at ease. His skills took care of my problem with minimal discomfort. Should I need their help in the future, I will not hesitate to call.

- Paulette M

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Great doctor and staff. My extraction only took 30 min. No pain during or after, healed quickly. Highly recommend.

- Zane H

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I had tooth number 7 extracted on Friday and have no pain whatsoever on Saturday. Thanks Dr Rethman.

- James D

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Always provides informed and professional care.

- Alan C

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I had a tooth pulled and never even know the doctor had pulled it. Very little pain or bleeding. Thank you Dr Retham for your great skill in removing my tooth

- Richard B

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This is the first time writing a comment (for anything!!) and my visit to Dr. Rethman is one worth writing. The staff along with Dr. Rethman are kind, caring and very professional. I have a TOTAL fear (YOU HAVE NO IDEA) of extractions and of dentists and I let my issue go for a year. Finally found the right Pro to take fantastic care of me. Explained everything, felt NO pain and had my wisdom tooth out in minutes! Literally was in and out in about 15 minutes!! He's an expert in his field and will go back without a doubt for any other issue that may arise. His follow-up phone call is always a caring touch!! I CAN'T THANK YOU ALL ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!

- Peggy

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My experience was very good and comfortable, very professional and very pleased.

- Linda J

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efficient, friendly very glad to have him as one of my health care givers.

- Lou P

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I had not seen Dr. Rethman for nine years but he was exactly as I remembered him; kind, efficient, gentle, explaining each procedure. Ii would certainly return if his services were needed.

- Martha D

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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.

- Louise T

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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.

- Thomas B B

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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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