Tooth Extractions • Blacksburg and Radford

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

Please call us at NRV Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Blacksburg Office Phone Number 540-951-8777 (Blacksburg) or NRV Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 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 10 Tooth Extractions reviews.

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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Patient Review by Dawn O

My experience was great, the staff and Dr made me feel so at ease and I get high anxiety over any dental procedures but he made me feel so at ease and constantly asked me how I was and if I was ok and so did his nurses. Wonderful staff.

- Dawn O

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Patient Review by Dustin H

Great people

- Dustin H

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Patient Review by Tracy N

I honestly cant think of any bad experiences with this staff or doctors. They really care about their patients and it shows!

- Tracy N

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Patient Review by Ray S

The doctor and nurses were friendly and had excellent bedside manner. I had two teeth pulled with no pain. Even during extraction they were joking which kept me at ease and helped side track me. I would definitely recommend this office.

- Ray S

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Patient Review by Lori M

Everyone on staff was professional. I was treated with kindness and felt very comfortable with the Dr. and nurses assisting with my procedure. Thank you all for making my experience a good one! I wanted to write a review for people like me that have a phobia of the dentist, I would definitely go back and that's saying a lot coming from me!

- Lori M

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