Extractions

You and Dr. Lamping, Dr. Lucas and Dr. Seghi 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. Lamping, Dr. Lucas and Dr. Seghi 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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My husband was discharged from the hospital with instructions to follow up with oral surgery. I called at 1645 on Thursday and we were seen, examined, and treated by Friday at noon-1300. Debbie and Pam, the ladies in the office were exceptional and treated us so kindly. Dr. Garrett Seghi and his wife/nurse, Ashley were extraordinarily kind, professional, skilled, and efficient. Being a healthcare provider myself, and a Professor of Nursing, as well as my husband's wife and advocate, I have a keen eye for not only a skilled physician, but a good bedside manner. Dr. Seghi, Ashley and the wonderful ladies in the office did not disappoint. We have been home for only hours and have received a phone call from Dr. Seghi, checking up on my husband's condition and reassuring us that it is ok to call him with questions or changes in status over the weekend. What an asset Dr. Seghi is to the practice and to the medical community. Thank you so much- all of you.

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The nurse who assisted Dr. Lucas in the surgical suite was amazingly comforting and supportive. I was nervous and she kept me calm from start to finish. She made a huge difference in my ability to tolerate the procedure. The postop nurse was also very friendly and had us laughing as we were leaving. Wonderful staff who truly make a difference!

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I was so nervous prior to my procedure. I knew it was necessary, though, so I had to go through with it. I also knew that Dr. Lucas was "the" oral surgeon to whom both my dentist and endodontist referred patients--and they are very picky. As a healthcare provider, I grilled Dr. Lucas, as well as most everyone else in the office. Thank you for answering my many questions and for compassionately reassuring me that I would receive the best possible care. Most of all, thank you for exceeding all of my expectations. Perfect procedure, perfect anesthesia, perfect recovery. And no more tooth pain! You folks are the absolute best. May God bless you.

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