Tooth Extractions | Pewaukee, WI
You and Dr. McAboy 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. McAboy will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.
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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.
Lake Country Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Patient Review by Steve B S
Dr MacAboy knew exactly what he was doing and he diagnosed my condition immediately. He did it quickly and efficiently with staff support.
- Steve B S
Patient Review by Connie S
I appreciated being an active participant in my procedure and treatment. Options for anesthetic were explained so I could make an informed decision based on my preferences. Dr. McAboy explained each aspect of the procedure as it took place. He also provided specific suggestions for working through the discomfort associated with the extraction and potential after effects. All my interactions with the clinic staff and Dr. McAboy were highly satisfactory and I recommend without reservation.
- Connie S
Patient Review by Kristin H
I am highly satisfied with my entire experience here. From my initial call, pre procedure, the procedure itself, and checking out, I was treated very well. Everyone explained everything along the way and made sure that my needs were met. They go above and beyond here for their patients.
- Kristin H
Patient Review by Doninique H
Dr. McAboy, Teresa and LC oral surgery staff, Thank you so much for making a not so fun experience more tolerable. I was very nervous for the surgery but you are all so nice and you really put me at ease. I made a quick recovery! Thank you, Dominique H. 🙂
- Doninique H
Patient Review by Patty J
Dear Dr. McAboy, My heart just keeps thanking you and all your lovely assistants. With a chronically ill daughter, all extra money has always gone for hospital bills. My teeth have been last on the list. Because of your kindness, I have started my way back to better oral health. Sincerest Thanks Patty J
- Patty J
Patient Review by Greg S
I would and have recommended Lake County Oral & Max Surgery to friends and family. The doctor and his staff are truly professionals.
- Greg S