Tooth Extractions

You and Dr. Akers, Dr. Schalit, or Dr. Thayer 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. Akers, Schalit, or Thayer 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, 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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I was so impressed by Dr. Thayer and staff that I must write them a glowing review! I had an infected tooth extracted and the entire process was as painless as I have ever had done. By night fall I felt absolutely fine with little or NO pain and a day after I barely know I had the extraction done. I have never had such a great experience with an oral surgeon and I will HIGHLY recommend Dr. Thayer and his staff. And to top it off the price was extremely reasonable even though I had no dental insurance.

- susan w

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We can not say enough about how wonderful everyone was in the office from the girl that is in the front to the girls that say good bye. The staff ,the Doctors, every one helped make a horrible situation so much better. THANK YOU ALL so much !!!!

- Krystal and Cindy J

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The staff is very kind and they do very well getting the patient settled.

- Emily G

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Wow, where to start. The office is very clean and beautiful. Every member of the staff was compassionate, caring and very kind. My first appointment was the day after I called, they were able to remove the tooth, 2 weeks later the infection was gone. I went in a stranger and 10 minutes later felt like family. I wouldn't hesitate to go back. Amazing people, every single person!

- Dawn D

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I had two teeth extracted #18 and #20. I am 71 years old and in all of my medical visits I have never been more pleased. Dr. Hamilton was very gentle and thorough on his explanation of procedures. I did not feel a thing and even asked if he was finished.. I would highly recommend Dr. Hamilton.Five Stars

- jon c

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I have no dental insurance, but this tooth needed to go, #14 to be exact. Called the office in Palm Coast & they were extremely helpful in getting me the next available appt. in the Daytona Beach Office. There I met Dr. Thayer, who was extremely polite, friendly & explained what he was doing. I was expecting so much pain, but I didn't even feel a thing when he was giving me the Novocaine shots! Added bonus is that my whole mouth didn't go numb. Just the area he need to work on. The whole procedure went smoothly, the tooth was OUT! Here I am a day out & have only needed a few Tylenol for a little discomfort. Plus it didn't wipe out my bank account! Dr. Thayer & everyone there are outstanding.

- Christine A

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