Extractions

You and Dr. Fountain, Dr. Madion and Dr. Olsen 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. Fountain, Dr. Madion and Dr. Olsen 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.

Grand Traverse Oral Surgery

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GTOS was really great, My nurse Kyle was great, she made me feel super comfortable, and let me know exactly what was gonna happen. DR. Madion was great as well, very friendly. Because of a traumatic experience as a kid, This was my first dentist visit in a very long time. But thanks too this visit, my faith in dentistry has been restored. Thank you too everyone at GTOS for being so great..

- Brooks E

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This was an amazing experience. I had a horrible tooth ache when I arrived at the office 15 mins early. I thought I would have to wait but I was called right in. Two wonderful young ladies took care of me and my prep. Dr. Fountain came in and made sure that I was ok and had the tooth out in minutes. The whole visit only lasted 45 mins and that includes paying my bill. I can't explain enough what a great experience this was compared to other oral surgeon offices I have been to. I would highly recommend GT Oral Surgery for your dental needs!

- Becky M

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Man, what a pleasant experience. Scheduling was easy, got in on time, the procedure was quick and painless. Never have I had an extraction that was so smooth and painless. Thank you

- Michael s

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Dr Fountain was professional, caring, and responsive to my care. From my initial appointment and evaluation, throughout the procedure and follow up treatment, I felt confident that I was receiving the highest quality care possible. Thank you to the entire staff at Grand Traverse Oral Surgery for your exceptional care and compassion!

- Kristi L

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Dr. Madion and his staff were super friendly and professional. Tooth extractions can cause mental anguish and be painful or uncomfortable. I was in and out in less than 45 minutes. Always at ease and comfortable that I was in the hands of an accomplished surgeon. I choose to have the extraction with local anesthetic medication, there was never any pain or discomfort, including now, 9 hours later. I am totally impressed. Great job.

- Kirk B

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Procedure was faster than expected; really as pleasurable extracting 4 impacted wisdom teeth could be. Clearly explained post-procedure matters. Great team.

- Bill K

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I'm deathly afraid of dentists. By the time my appointment was made till the time I got home from the procedure, only 18 hours had passed. I don't remember a thing, which is the way I wanted it. This is easily the best experience I've ever had with a physician or dentist. Every facet of it was comfortable and quick. Thank you so much for taking such good care of me.

- Tina C

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I highly recommend Dr. Madion for oral surgery. He is pleasant, very competent and cares about his patients .

- Nancy W

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This was my 4th, maybe 5th visit to the office for tooth extractions. The staff and Dr. Fountain have been more than I expected for having a productive and friendly visit. I have had a few followups as I have had inserts put in, and the procedures have gone extremely well. i always know what to expect when I go there and that is friendliness,caring, and a job well done!

- Jeff H

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Staff and Doctor were fantastic. They made a tough procedure as easy and painless as possible, I highly recommend Dr Madion and his staff

- Jon B

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The staff and Dr. Fountain were awesome! I would not have made it through the extractions for my son at ages 6 and more recently 8 years old without their kindness and patience. I really appreciated the quick appointment (I got in the next morning) and their explanations of everything that was and would be happening! I would recommend anyone with a child (especially those who are afraid of needles!) to put your trust in Dr Fountain and the staff.

- Kelly J

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From beginning to end the office staff was great. Susie immediately recognized my nerves and started to put me at ease right away, and Dr. Olson was so kind I knew I was in great hands! I will recommend him to everyone!

- Tori H

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Just wanted to drop you a message that my recovery from the extraction you did just last Friday has been fantastic. I did not have any pain or swelling even the day of the procedure. I ate soft foods for the first few days and I am continuing to be careful with the food I eat and the gum is healing very well. Thank you for your fine work. And a special thanks to Susie. She did a great job of making me feel comfortable with the procedure. She answered all my questions and was professional and courteous. She did a painless job of numbing me up and getting me ready for the extraction. She followed up after with excellent instructions for recovery. Dr. Olsen pulled the tooth without complications and was gone within minutes. Susie did a fine job of finishing up and giving me recovery instructions. This was painless experience. Can't believe how great I am feeling! Thanks, again! Fred Chacon

- Fred C

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