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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Excellent staff---answered all questions---surgeon explained the procedure--Highly recommend Dakota Valley in Eagan! Thank you

- Diane S

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I am extremely afraid of the dentist and this whole experience made me feel so safe. The staff was very professional and pleasant. I was in and out so fast. I had minimal swelling and little pain. My procedure was done this morning and I’ve already ate two small meals. THANK YOU Dakotavalley!, you’ve restored my faith in dentistry xoxox

- Janelle S

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Extreme nervous "Nellie" here ..... so glad I was referred to Dakotavalley Oral Surgery Burnsville Dr. Scott Rake to have my teeth surgical removed . He explained the options to me in a calm and professional , reassuring way if I prefer to use Novocain or be sedated for the procedures.(I decided to be sedated ) . He did a great job , had slight pain the 1. day ,but did not even have to take the pain meds that he prescribed . And now two weeks later and it's healing well . Thank you Melissa ( Assistant ) for being so kind and understanding since I was so nervous.Went home with a ice cream treat , lifesaver candy and very helpful instructions for aftercare .Thanks again Dr. Rake and Burnsville Team Doris Z.

- Doris Z

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Once you get through the very long registration form and sign all the other forms, the process/procedure moves along very quickly. The procedure only took about 30 to 40 minutes. All of the staff was very friendly, professional and efficient. I was given thorough information on what to do following surgery.

- Albert K

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I just chose the closest office to me, Lakeville. Glad i chose your team, everything went great start to finish. Thank you all again, Dennis. i will see you in the near future for a dental implant.

- dennis O

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The staff put me at ease. The doctor and the assistant were caring and upbeat. They both gave me lots of helpful information about the procedure. The assistant gave me instructions for aftercare. I was also called later to see how I was doing, thank you for your care. I would definitely recommend their services to others. Thank you for making my appointment pain free and and thorough.

- Deb D

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For being a little nervous going in the whole staff made you feel welcome and comfortable. The Dr. and assistant were very friendly .

- Barb R

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I would definitely recommend Dakota Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. They were amazing from start to finish

- Melissa B

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My experience with Dakotavalley was tremendous. I would recommend them to any family or friend. The procedure and recovery times were quite quick, and my pain after the surgery was minimal. Three cheers to Dakotavalley!

- Dan W

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I had procrastinated for too long about having this oral surgery done for a severe periodontal infection on my tooth #29. For a lot of reasons, but mostly because the surgery required me to lose a bridge on teeth 29-31. But after seeing the amount of infection that Dr. Jaberi removed, and the subsequent bone graft that he did in the extraction area, it was such a relief to know that all the perio infection was gone and now I could finally begin a healthy healing process. And Dr. Jaberi spent extra time explaining to me that I was a likely a candidate for an implant to replace the extracted tooth.

- Ann L

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