Tooth Extractions

Highland, IN

You and Dr. Pulver 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 wisdom 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. Pulver 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, 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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Very happy with the facility and dentist. Brought my 8yr old daughter for a molar extraction. She was afraid and crying the first day. They explained to her the procedure and were able to calm and ease her. When she came in for her extraction she was not even a little nervous. They treated her with much care and I greatly appreciate them. Would recommend

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I would highly recommend for first time oral surgery needs Highly friendly and helpful staff through entire process.

- nicole h

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Would definitely recommend Dr. Pulver and his staff to anyone needing oral surgery.

- Dianne G

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while the doc is working he was also teaching. very impressed with the office professionalism all my experiences in dealing with people should be this easy

- timothy s

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Great staff

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Over all my experience was great. Would highly recommend.

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Dr. Pulver is great!

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Great all over experience !

- Matt C

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great experience for my first extraction

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good p eople very informative

- lisa m

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very good visit, no pain

- Sheila D

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friendly staff

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everything went well. staff is very nice put me at eas

- liz o

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very professional and friendly

- david h

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I'm glad he took me the same day. I needed the tooth extracted and I'm very happy and thankful to the staff.

- Anna K

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- william a

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Dr. Pulver and his staff were very gracious and kept me well informed during the procedure. I did not experience any pain which was a great relief. I would recommend Dr. Pulver to anyone.

- Stephanie A

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there was no pain during procedure.

- JANE K

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Thank you for being so kind and considerate.

- Louis P

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little bit of a wait, but excellent care

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