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Dental Extraction:

Removing a Tooth

Dental extraction is a last choice when we form treatment plans, we always want to try to save teeth. But sometimes pulling teeth is the best decision Altitude Dental can make for your dental health.

When forming treatment plans we always look at the health of your teeth.

Sometimes due to the nature of the tooth’s health, personal choice, orthodontics or finances, pulling teeth is the best choice. The extraction of a tooth does not have to be a traumatic experience and tooth extraction cost does not have to be high (in fact, most often pulling teeth is relatively inexpensive unless you need specialist services due to intertwined roots or other complications).

If you are nervous about dental extraction, we can prescribe an oral sedative. This allows you to be more relaxed and perhaps even sleep during the appointment.

How hard are teeth to remove?

The difficulty of the procedure depends on the tooth needing to be extracted. There are special techniques that Dr. Vaida uses that depend on your particular situation, the placement of the tooth in the mouth, the surrounding teeth, your age and the bone surrounding the tooth.

What is the procedure like?

The tooth and the surrounding tissue will be numbed with a local anesthetic. During the procedure you will feel pressure and a pulling or tugging sensation but you should feel no pain. If the tooth is brittle or fractured then it is removed in small pieces. After the tooth is removed, any infected tissue is removed and the area is cleansed with salt water. Sutures may or may not be placed depending on the situation.

What is the healing time?

Tooth extraction pain can be managed before and after the extraction – discuss the best options with Dr. Vaida before your extraction appointment.  Healing time varies for each person but can take up to, or in excess of, three weeks. Some common symptoms after dental extractions are:

  • Slight bleeding for several hours (which can be controlled by biting on a piece of gauze and placing as much pressure as possible);
  • Aching pain (this is different for each person and can be managed by medication);
  • Facial swelling;
  • Facial bruising;
  • Sore jaw joints and decreased jaw opening for a few days (this is different for each person).

Will I have to take any medication for tooth removal pain?

Pain medication and antibiotics are prescribed on an individual basis.

What can I do to help the healing process?

The best way to help an extraction site to heal is by making sure the area is not disturbed for 24 to 48 hours. During this time a blood clot will form in the area where the tooth was removed. This blood clot protects the site from infections and the bone from being exposed. Most dental extraction complications happen when the blood clot is removed by aggressive rinsing of the area, by smoking, by suction from a straw or by food debris being lodged in the area. At home care instructions are given to you at the appointment.

Why are teeth removed?

  • An adult tooth is growing in behind or in front of a baby tooth.
  • Upon request by a parent, the patient or a dental specialist (orthodontist or periodontist).
  • The tooth is badly decayed and there is not enough tooth structure left to save it.
  • The tooth has become mobile and loose due to loss of bone or periodontal disease.
  • The tooth has a vertical fracture.
  • Wisdom teeth problems that require dental extraction.

If you are having teeth pain or need a dental assessment, contact our office for a dental appointment – Coquitlam’s Altitude Dental has professional, friendly and caring staff to help you have the dental health you need and want.

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