When a Tooth May Require Extraction
Some of the most common reasons for having a tooth pulled include:
What to Expect
During your extraction appointment, we will numb the area around the tooth to prevent any discomfort. It’s normal to feel some pressure throughout the process. Sutures are sometimes needed, especially if you’re having an oral surgery that involves wisdom tooth removal. Most stitches are dissolvable or will need to be removed in about a week.
Avoid chewing on that part of your mouth for several days, eating only soft foods during the first day or two. Take any medication as prescribed to ease your recovery and speed the healing process. For the first 24 hours, apply a cold compress on and off the side of your mouth near the extraction for 20 minutes at a time. The cool temperatures reduce swelling, which is the primary cause of discomfort after dental surgery.
Dental Sedation Options Available
To help you feel comfortable, we may recommend sleep dentistry during your extraction. Most of our patients prefer happy gas (nitrous oxide) which works quickly and reverses within a matter of minutes after completing your treatment. If you have a complex extraction or are quite anxious, we also have an anaesthetist who is available to provide deeper sedation in our office.
Putting Your Best Smile First
Extracting damaged or decaying teeth can be beneficial to your smile as a whole. Eliminating the source of infection prevents the risk of dental disease from spreading to adjacent teeth. If your affected tooth is non-restorable with therapies such as gum disease treatment or a root canal, we will recommend having it removed as quickly as possible.
IN PAIN? BOOK YOUR DENTAL EXTRACTION TODAY
Contact us now to request a new patient exam and consultation to discuss having your tooth pulled.
* Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.