Akron Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Group – OH
You and Drs. McDonnell, Kimberly or Klein 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. McDonnell, Kimberly or Klein 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, 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, spit, suck on straws, smoke, or drink alcohol for 48 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. This generally peaks 48 hours after the procedure. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas/corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed.
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.
Akron Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Group
Made me feel comfortable considering that I had to have a tooth extracted! Doctor was very professional and gentle.
- Cynthia M
The entire staff was very nice, helpful, knowledgeable and very polite. The extraction took only about a minute and Dr McDonnell was extremely skilled. No Pain at all.
- Ed S
The entire staff made my appointment the best it could be. It is a good feeling to know that the staff and doctor really do care over and beyond!
- Laura M
This place is top notch! I have been to all three locations and Always have a great experience! The staff members are so friendly and knowledgeable and go out of their way to make sure your experience is the best that it can be! My family and I have always seen Dr Dave Kimberly. He is absolutely wonderful, so caring and every procedure he has done has been flawless and the healing time is very minimal! I can't say enough good things about this group. I would give 10 stars if I could.
- Lori D
Simply the best customer care! Every staff member I came into contact with went above and beyond my expectations. Dr. McDonnell is so compassionate and made my experience as comfortable as possible. I will definitely be returning for future needs and recommending AOMS to all friends and family.
- Dedra P