Tooth Extractions • Blacksburg and Radford

You and Dr. Boyle or Dr. VanGilder 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. Boyle or Dr. VanGilder will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as the replacement of the extracted tooth.

Please call us at Blacksburg Office Phone Number 540-951-8777 (Blacksburg) or Radford Office Phone Number 540-633-5700 (Radford) with any questions or to schedule an appointment. We also invite you to read our patient reviews for tooth extractions.

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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Patient Reviews: Tooth Extractions

Testimonials from our patients, in their own words, are available below. Please use our online patient feedback survey to leave us your review for NRV Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Ltd..

NRV Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Ltd.

5 out of 5 stars based on 15 Tooth Extractions reviews.

Patient Review by Carol S

I am very glad my dentist recommended this practice. I cannot say enough about everyone the staff and doctors here. Thank you.

- Carol S

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Patient Review by Kristin H

This was my first time having wisdom teeth extracted. At my age it was a little nerve wracking, but I didn't need to be concerned; "Dr. B" and his technicians were excellent... start to finish! Highly recommend them!

- Kristin H

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Patient Review by Ronnie S

I can't say enough about Dr Boyle and the staff! I am a professional musician and was traveling from out of state and needed an emergency extraction. After searching the area online for oral surgeons, I read their reviews, looked over the website, and gave them a call, explaining my situation. They were so nice to me and got me in the next day. Dr Boyle took his time with me, didn't rush it because I was an added appointment,and explained everything perfectly. He did a great job of extracting my difficult tooth in a jiffy and was painless. It is now the following day and all is good and no more toothache! The staff, from the first call, to paperwork to the assistants in the room were first class and very nice. I even got a $15 refund as it wasn't as much as was quoted. That in and of itself says a lot! I would recommend Dr Boyle and NRV Oral surgery to anyone. Very caring and professional. Thanks again for helping a guy in need on the road!

- Ronnie S

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Patient Review by Teresita U

I went in to have my upper molars extracted after the initial consultation. I chose to have the area numbed instead of being put under. I was in and out of the office in 20 minutes. Because I was awake, I could see how well the staff interacted with each other. They work very well together, and this is important.

- Teresita U

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Patient Review by Darrell B

Dr Vangilder is an awesome Dr! Takes the time to listen to your concerns and explain everything about your procedure and he really put me at ease! The office staff was so very nice and professional! I would highly recommend him and his staff to anyone needing his services!

- Darrell B

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Patient Review by Harry C

I would recommend this office to anyone . i was handled with care and courtesy my entire visit . The Dr was very nice and explained what he was doing . I was very pleased when I left my visit . The Dr called to check on me and even though I did not get to take the call I found it very nice that he did that.

- Harry C

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Patient Review by Adam M

Overall the experience was very fast efficient and painless and with a tooth extraction that says alot. Thanks

- Adam M

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Patient Review by Christina W

I had been afraid about having my tooth extracted, but my experience at NRV Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery was far better than I expected. All of the staff I had contact with were friendly and professional, and really put me at ease. Dr VanGilder explained everything that he would be doing before he did anything, and made sure that I was as comfortable as possible. My tooth was extracted before I realized it! They gave me excellent after-care instructions, and I had absolutely no complications. The next day, my doctor called to check how I was doing and see if I needed anything. It's been nearly a month, and I have not experienced any problems whatsoever. I even recommended a friend to give them a call.

- Christina W

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Patient Review by Jesse h

super fast super friendly they all make you feel as comfortable as can be best dentist office ive ever been to would recomend to everyone dont waste time going anywhere else

- Jesse h

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Patient Review by Shane G

I could not have been more impressed with the level of care, concern, and knowledge base of the staff and Dr. Boyle. The process was seamless and everyone worked to make the experience as comfortable as possible. Not only did Dr. Boyle due an excellent job with the procedure, but he took time to make a personal connection and helped to give you a "down-home" feel while in his office. Tremendous service and staff! Thank you!

- Shane G

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