You and Dr. Chao 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, Dr. Chao 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.

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Great customer service. Received a call back from my Doctor after procedure was completed by another specialist at his clinic to insure I was satisfied with the service provided.

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Dentist quickly worked on my molars and I didn't feel pain during surgery .

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I just wrote the following review on Yelp. Thank you, very much, for such a wonderful experience. I am confident that I will be returning for any and all of my dental needs. I will also be referring friends who may be seeking a dentist. Again - thank you !!! 5 Stars Just home from dental work and although I just had to get an extraction, I can't stop smiling because this was the BEST experienced I've ever had at any dental office. I have to start by saying that I have had issues with my teeth since I was a young child and have had some pretty unnerving experiences that make me more than a little anxious when seeing a dentist, and probably more so - the search for a new one. It had been several years since my last dental visit and I checked the reviews on yelp. I saw so much positive feedback for Chau Dental Care that it was a no brainer so I called. From my very first contact, I was met with not only professionalism but also warmth and compassion. It made me feel, right away, that I had made the right decision to call. On the day of my visit, I came early and was greeted by Julie whom I had set the appointment with. As she was on the phone, amazingly warm and friendly. I filled out the paperwork and afterwards was taken to have ex rays completed and then met with Dr. Chau. Dr. Chau not only showed the ex rays to me but explained in detail what I was looking at and gave me options for treatment. He is incredibly compassionate, listens and informs you completely so you can make the best choice and the whole while, warm, friendly and easy to talk to. Again, I've always been incredibly anxious whenever having to go to see a dentist and from the start, I was put at ease and felt very comfortable. I can't say enough good things about this first experience. I am scheduled for a cleaning on the 31st and I am not at all feeling anxious. I feel very fortunate to have found such a caring office and would highly recommend Chau Dental Care to anyone who is in need of top quality, profession, dental work AND have it with such compassion, gentleness and kindness. I am just frustrated that I can only award 5 stars. THANK YOU, CHAO DENTAL CARE !!!

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Explained all Questions asked with compassion and caring for the Patient.

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Dr. Chao respond to my call about my tooth pain the night before, and by 7;45 AM I had a phone call to come right away. I was treated like family and the staff were all great to me. That evening I received a call from Dr. Chao to see how I was feeling after my tooth extraction. I was very impressed.

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