Tooth Extractions San Diego & Coronado CA
Oral Surgeon Kurt Hummeldorf, DMD-PC
You and Dr. Hummeldorf 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. Hummeldorf 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.
Kurt Hummeldorf, DMD-PC
Patient Review By Angella H
Best Dental visit ever even though I was in pain everyone was courteous and provided excellent customer service. Dr. Hummeldorf said he would call me that night to check on me and he totally did so. I was very surprised. I even received a get well card in the mail from him. Super awesome!
- Angella H
Patient Review By Diane W
Great experience - dedicated Doctor
- Diane W
Patient Review By Ernest M
Honestly the best dental experience I have ever had!!! The entire staff is grade A professional and extremely informative. The entire process from beginning to end was literally painless!! The front office ladies are amazing and classy. And Tony and Dr. Hummeldorf are second to none!!!! Highly recommended!!!!
- Ernest M
Patient Review By Ilene S
Terrific treatment care and treatment.
- Ilene S
Patient Review By Michaela G
Best dental experience
- Michaela G
Patient Review By carli p
Great oral surgeon, his team is also amazing and very helpful!
- carli p
Patient Review By Clarke P
Absolutely wonderful treatment experience. Thank you.
- Clarke P
Patient Review By richard t
Thank you for everything!
- richard t
Patient Review By Lora G
Dr. HUMMELDORF is awesome! I was visiting from North Carolina. I had tooth pain on a Sunday evening, Dr. HUMMELDORF met me at his office in Mission Valley on Sunday evening. By Monday morning at 9:30 Dr. HUMMELDORF had my tooth extracted and I was pain free and able to enjoy the rest of my San Diego vacation. Not to mention I received several phone calls from Dr. HUMMELDORF just to check up on me. A big thank you to Dr. HUMMELDORF and his wonderful staff. I highly recommend him.
- Lora G
Patient Review By Renee B
Very pleasant staff. Everyone made me feel comfortable. Had far less pain than when had similar procedures done with another dentist.
- Renee B
Patient Review By Sandra N
I was so impressed with the care and professional service I recieved from the Dr and staff. The front desk was extreamly helpful and went above and beyond calling over to another dentist for records so thatnI wouldn't have to get an extra set of xrays. I was very happt with all aspects of my care.
- Sandra N
Patient Review By lisa j
Best experience for not really wanting work done! Thank you dr!
- lisa j
Patient Review By Susan S
Fantastic! Follow up call plus a get well card? First time in my life that ever happened! Thanks for your kindness and care.
- Susan S
Patient Review By Fidel Moreno
Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Doc!
- Fidel Moreno
Patient Review By peg h
Great care on short notice
- peg h
Patient Review By Mary Ann S
Dr. Hummeldorf and his staff were caring professionals. Having teeth pulled in no fun. They offered helpful advicabout post extraction care. On both occassions, Dr. Hummeldorf called the next day to make sure I was recovering.
- Mary Ann S