A tooth extraction is the purposeful removal of a tooth. At the Tooth Corner dental clinics of Southern Ontario, we do all we can to save damaged and infected teeth with root canal therapy, crowns, and various restorative treatments. However, sometimes the infection or damage to a tooth is so severe that the only way to restore oral health and relieve pain is by removing a tooth.
Dental extractions may also be necessary in preparation for braces, dentures, or implant-supported dentures. As part of a dental treatment plan, this procedure can benefit your short- and long-term oral health. We use modern dental techniques, offer sedation for anxious patients, always extend personalized care.
Some common scenarios in which an extraction may be recommended include:
When an infected tooth is left untreated, tooth loss can result. As the infection spreads, it may become blood-borne and lead to a more serious health situation. Be sure to have your oral health evaluated if you suffer from a chronic toothache or know that old dental work has failed.
Prior to tooth extraction, we will review the extent of the tooth’s damage by taking x-rays. Your Tooth Corner dentist will walk you through every step of the process and answer any questions you have. Then, we’ll schedule your appointment at a convenient time when you can take a few days to recuperate afterward.
To ensure your comfort throughout tooth extractions, we will numb the area surrounding the tooth with a local anesthetic. You may need a deeper sedative if multiple or large teeth are being removed. All our dentists use modern techniques, instruments, and technology to provide excellent care to our patients. The procedure takes less than an hour for one tooth, in most cases. If your case differs, you’ll be advised of the details when scheduling the extraction appointment.
After dental extractions, you may experience some swelling, so be sure to follow the aftercare instructions you receive from our doctors.
Apply ice to the affected area and take recommended medications as advised. Your recovery time will depend on many factors, including but not limited to:
In the days following the procedure, eat soft foods to minimize irritation. Also rinse your mouth with warm salt water to keep the site of the extraction clean. We offer a variety of restorative treatments, such as dental implants, to replace extracted teeth, when appropriate.
For implant and orthodontic patients, extraction may be a prerequisite to qualify for treatment. Patients with a damaged tooth should experience immediate relief following the procedure but will also benefit long-term from improved oral health.
A tooth extraction is an effective treatment method for a severely damaged tooth and may be a prerequisite for other procedures. If your tooth is infected, cracked, broken, or displaying any signs that you might need an extraction, do not hesitate to call the Tooth Corner nearest you, in Southern Ontario.