Extractions

You and Dr. Mullendore and Dr. Von Kaenel 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. Mullendore and Dr. Von Kaenel 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.

East Columbus Oral Surgery Specialists

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The staff is always courteous. The office is clean and comfortable. The technology they have prevents needing to go to various locations to reach a resolution to the problem.

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Everyone made my visits here comfortable and put me at ease with the procedures and aftercare.

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Dr. Mullendore has done tooth extractions on me twice; both times were quick, relatively painless, and successful. Samantha and the other assistants/staff are always a pleasure to interact with.

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Called today at 12:45 and got an followup appointment at 2:00. What more need I say?

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Dr. Douglas A. Von Kaenel DDS was very welcoming and he explained everything to me and my mother in great detail. He always had a smile on his face and assured me that I was in safe hands. Samantha the dental assistant was friendly and the rest of the staff made me feel safe even after having 8 teethh removed at once with some impacted. Thank Easy Columbus Oral Surgery Staff. You did a super job.

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Was a great Place to go highly recommend

- Amy H

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Great office to have oral surgery!!!

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Very impressed with the entire process and interaction with the East Columbus oral surgery Specialist team. Top notch medical professionals and would highly recommend to a friend.

- Brent S

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Glad I was referred here:)

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First when you enter the place is very clean.The receptionists acknowledge your presence and offer you a seat.You get to talk with the doctor and dental assistant and you watch this cool video instead of countless of papers which half of it you wouldn't understand before you sign the consent.The doctor and staff get you comfortable and the procedure is so quick.I would definitely recommend this place and the doctor.Keep up the good work.

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The very best possible . Great professional service. 5

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Dr. Mullendore is a perfectionist and I highly recommend him to my family and friends.

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Excellent service made the experience comfortable and easy

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