Tooth Extractions

Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants – Grand Rapids & Rockford MI

You and Dr. Palm, Dr. Panek, Dr. Bullups, Dr. Jesin, Dr. Van Heukelom or Dr. Noordhoek 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. Palm, Panek, Bullups, Jesin, Van Heukelom or Noordhoek 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 to 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.

Contact us with any questions or to make an appointment.

 

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 to 3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.

Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants

5 out of 5 stars based on 26 Tooth Extractions reviews.

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Dr. Jesin and his staff made me totally comfortable with the procedure of extracting a tooth. They explained every step and answered all questions I had with patience and understanding. Receiving a follow-up letter regarding any post-op issues was a welcome surprise. I would heartily recommend Dr. Jesin and the practice at the Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants.

- Kathryn B

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Dr. Van Heukelom did a great job, my tooth was extracted before I knew it, a relaxing environment which really helped with my nerves, no swelling or bruising, minimal pain and bleeding, instructions were well written out and easy to understand. Dr. Van Heukelom and her team were awesome! Very impressed with the quality of care I received, I highly recommend going to The Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants.

- Annette V

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I was in need of a tooth extraction so I called The Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants to set it up, the receptionist was friendly & helpful. I was asked which office I would prefer to go that would be closer for me, and got an appointment that worked with my schedule. The office is clean and inviting unlike other cold & impersonal doctor offices we (my husband & I) visited in the past. In-between the friendly staff and comfortable surroundings my nerves about the procedure subsided. Dr. Van Heukelom did a great job the tooth was extracted before I realized it. There was no swelling or bruising, and as a bonus I had minimal pain and bleeding afterwards. I was given the supplies needed to care for the area were the tooth was, instructions were all written out, easy to read and understand. Which was great, we didn’t have to stop at the pharmacy afterwards, we could go home and I could start recovering. I was surprised on the day after my procedure I received a call from the Center to see how I was doing (not many doctor offices call & check in) if I had any problems, questions or concerns. I was so impressed with the quality of care I received that I have referred a friend to have her wisdom teeth done here. I highly recommend The Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants

- Annette B

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Dr Jesin explained my options and procedures thoroughly. He is mild mannered and a good communicator and put me at ease. Also he extracted my teeth quickly and with a minimum of fuss so they healed quickly! Great experience!

- Lynn G

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My dentist was going to send me to a different office for my procedure. I decided I was going here. After research and referrals. And I was glad I chose to go to the center for oral surgery and implants. I was very nervous getting my procedure done. Everyone there made me feel more comfortable. And I need to come back and I know it won't be a problem. They also checked up on me the following day after my procedure to see how I was doing. I definitely recommend center for oral surgery and implants and Dr. Panek. He definitely did a good job and knew what he was doing.

- Lynn V

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This office is wonderful, from Dr Billups to the office staff!! Very friendly and kind!!

- Renee G

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I was scared to death to have 22 teeth pulled at the same time. But Dr. Palm made it seem easy, he made me very comfortable and his staff was great! Healing great, and cannot wait to see him again, thank you Dr. Palm.

- Shane D

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Overall the experience was simply good. The entire staff was thorough and pleasant handling there responsibilities .

- Michael L

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Dr. Julie Billups was outstanding. The procedure was quick and absolutely painless. Thanks for everything!

- Michael W

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I had a great experience - I was anxious about the sedation but dr palm made me feel safe and comfortable. His staff were all great and nice.

- Anonymous

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Great experience , top to bottom , great staff.

- Craig D

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- Anonymous

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Very good with my daughter who was scared. They calmed her down, and made her feel comfortable. Thanks so much!

- Debra W

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I could not believe how easy the whole extraction process was and how little time it took and only minor discomfort. The directions for post-extraction were easy to follow and easy to carry out. I had very little pain after the whole process and never did take any pain pills. Kudos to the whole staff!

- James B

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Thank you so much for your wonderful care. I can't believe, no pain durning the extraction of my tooth. Very little pain that evening. No pain the next day. I am recommending you to everyone.

- Patricia Y

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Dr. Palm and the staff were amazing. I was in so much pain and they took care of me and made me feel so comfortable and better. Thank you so much!

- Maria D

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Thank you

- Erin W

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I was very happy with the care and would tell family and friends to go there . Thank all of you for the wonderful care.

- Patricia W

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Very caring and patient.

- trisha h

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Evrything went welll. Wish indurance info had been communicated sooner

- maureen m m

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Dr.jesin and Jen were fantastic. Would most certainly return.

- philip w

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Very good

- scott H

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Everything was great!

- Matt H

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I was very happy with the procedure and the results. the doctor was very professional and the staff very friendly. They made it very comfortable for me, as I am usually not very good with dentists. I would recommend your office to anyone. Thank you for making this the best dental experience I've ever had!

- RANDALL D

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I was very, very anxious about having my molar extracted. Dr. Jesin and Jen were so compassionate and caring, and did everything possible to make me feel comfortable and secure. The procedure was very quick and painless, and I am extremely grateful for their kindness. I would not hesitate to return if I need any other dental work in the future.

- Lisa P

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I am so happy I found Dr. Emily. She listened to my concerns ( fears) and and discussed different options. She fully explained the procedure . Everything went great .If and when I need an oral surgeon , I will be calling Dr. Emily Van Heukelom.

- Ken B

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