Tooth Extractions

You and Drs. Rake, Rake, Indovina, Stacy, Jaberi and French 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, Drs. Rake, Rake, Indovina, Stacy, Jaberi and French 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, jawbone 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.

Dakota Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

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Having a tooth pulled is never “fun”. The staff and Dr Stacy are wonderful and made the whole experience quick and painless. I will recommend Dakota Valley to anyone needing oral work. The ice cream they sent me home with was an added bonus.

- Pat W

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I couldn't have had a better experience. the nurse I had was go kind if they could clone her and put her everywhere it would be awesome. thank you for everything.

- Patricia D

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My first experience here- would highly recommend this clinic! Everything was wonderful!

- Nancy B

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This was my first visit to the clinic. Upon arrival Sandy greeted my wife and I and pleasantly explained the paperwork we needed to complete and the process for the morning. Brianna then took x-rays very efficiently and Lisa took over in the surgery room to set things up for Dr. French and the extraction. Lisa also clearly explained the procedure. Dr. French proceeded to numb the tooth area and carefully began tooth extraction. In no time the extraction was complete without any fuss. Lisa then went over the recovery needs and we were finished. The next day Lisa called my home and asked how things were going. This set my mind at ease knowing that the clinic had my best interests in mind. Overall an excellent experience.

- Hugh C

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I was so impressed with the surgery, it was the easiest removal I ever had. The whole office was so nice and they helped me with any questions I had, so it made my visit so relaxed and easy. I will recommend your office and services to any one I know that needs treatments. I also told my dentist that he should refer all his clients to your office. The ice cream was a plus but I would still recommend your office without it. Thanks.

- Anna B

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Dr. Rake and staff were all helpful, friendly, and informational! I would recommend this place to anyone in need of a tooth extraction. A BIG thank you to Dr. Rake and the staff for all their contributions! Not to mention the ice cream!

- Jeremy H

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I recommend this office to anyone for their oral sugery needs.!!

- Margie S

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Every person I encountered was pleasant and had a part in calming my nerves and making me relax. Dr. Rake was nothing short of amazing in how she handled me. It's hard to explain when someone has that intangible and undefinable presence and command of the room where others just relax and know they are in good hands. I knew she was going to take good care of me and that everything would work out. As someone who has always had an unsettling phobia of cavity work, needles, and extractions, this was as about as pleasant of an experience as I could ask for. I am and will be forever grateful. All the best!

- Mark R

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A pleasant experience for an unpleasant procedure. Very good explanation of post procedure care and medications.

- Steven J

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I went in for a tooth extraction and was a little concerned because I just had two (2) crowns and a filling done a week prior so I was still a little sore from that procedure. No need to be concerned, I was asked repeatedly if I was okay or if the pain level was more than I can take. I cant say enough about the professionalism, compassion, quality patient care, and friendliness I received from this group of professionals. I felt as if I was the only person they cared about and the care I received was amazing. If you want quality care and service, please visit this Eagan Team as they are worth more than five (5) star quality, they are simply the best. I am so glad I found them and will recommend to my family and friends. One of the best dental experiences I have ever had...really.

- Kelly M

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