Tooth Extraction

Oral Surgery

Tooth extraction is normally the last-case scenario treatment for a live tooth. Other treatment options are often considered prior to tooth extraction. However, extractions may be recommended in cases such as:

  • Unable to restore the tooth with a crown due to overly large decay, disease, or trauma – like fractures.
  • Nonfunctional teeth, in cases such as overcrowding or “extra” teeth.
  • Impacted wisdom teeth – teeth that did not erupt and may potentially cause other problems.

Your dentist will first numb the area to minimize any discomfort. After treatment, your dentist will give you instructions to follow to allow for optimal healing. In most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal. Your extraction site will heal slowly over time.

Here are some tips to follow to make recovery easier
  • Avoid anything that might prevent normal healing.
  • Don’t smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously.
  • Avoid drinking through a straw for 24 hours.
  • Follow the diet your dentst suggests.
For the first few days, if you must rinse, rinse your mouth gently. If you experience swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag and call your dentist right away. Ask your dentist about pain medication. You can brush and floss the other teeth as usual. But don’t clean the teeth next to where the tooth was removed.

Teeth extraction is a common out-patient procedure – you will be able to drive yourself to and from your appointment, unless advised by your dentist.

The types of oral surgery offered at our practice include:

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