Tooth Extractions

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

5 out of 5 stars based on 26 Tooth Extractions reviews.

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If I could give you more stars I would! Everyone was so professional, so friendly, so reassuring, and so competent. Thank you for making an unpleasant situation for me (losing a tooth) as positive an experience as it could be.

- Elizabeth C

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Every thing was nice and very nice team

- Mostafa E

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Well, who would have thought it would be a fun time having my tooth pulled! Staff so personable and engaging. Explained everything in detail and sympathetic to my negativity with needles! Never felt a thing! Even came home with strawberry ice cream to enjoy later! Nervous about dentistry? This is the place to go!

- Sandra S

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Focused, efficient,professional. Impressive from start to finish - and the Ice Cream departure gift is always a nice gesture!

- Mary Jo L

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My tooth came out and I am very happy. Impressive skill made me feel completely at ease.

- Timothy P

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I had a severe toothache and infection and had been in extreme pain for days. I called around and most clinics could not get me in for over a week. I called Dakota Valley OMS and was able to get in right away. I saw Dr. Joby Jaberi who gave me a thorough examination and x-rays. Dr. Jaberi then spoke with me about my options. I needed several teeth removed. I am not a big fan of going to the dentist. Dr. Jaberi suggested that given the number of teeth that I needed to have removed and the severe infection that I had, that I have the procedure done under general anesthesia. He was able to get me scheduled for the procedure the first thing the following morning. He talked with me and kept me calm and relaxed as I drifted off to sleep. 25 minutes later, I was waking up and it was all done. The entire staff was so incredibly friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend Dakota Valley OMS!

- Jeff W

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I had never had a tooth removed and was very nervous. Dr. Scott Rake was very professional, comforting and explained the entire procedure to me and answered all my questions, The day of the surgery went very well - it was done in no time at all and I didn't feel a thing! He is so good at what he does! The entire staff was wonderful - especially in answering my post op questions, If you need a tooth extracted or any oral work, this is definitely the place to go - you will be in good hands!

- Sandy Q

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For the third time, I had a tooth extracted by Dr. Stacy..and for the third time, the experience was really good..such compassion by Dr. Stacy and her staff each time. (And I love the ice cream!) I have had a phobia about dentists and pain since I was young.. I am a senior citizen..and all of those "fears" have gone by the wayside after being treated so well! And without pain! I have no anxiety in having her do any work. Years of dread have melted away and I would highly recommend Dr.Stacy and her staff! And in this time of the Corona Virus, their office took extra precautions and eased any fears of having procedures done at this time. Thank you very much Dr.Stacy!

- Marcia B

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Excellent experience overall. I felt that I was well taken care of which helped to ease my anxiousness. The ice cream to take home was such a treat!

- Lisa P

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My first Review forgot to mention Dr. Midtling .His service was excellent.He was very professional and excellent with his removal of my tooth.I had no pain,no pain after the procedure. I would highly recommend his services.

- Larry C

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