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Dental extractions

The safe, surgical removal of teeth by a dentist either for therapeutic or preventative
reasons. Saving the natural tooth will always be our priority, but in some cases, removal of a
tooth may be necessary.

Wisdom teeth

The last molars, or third molars, are the teeth that erupt in the very back corners of
our mouths. Commonly, there is not enough room for these teeth and leaving them in the
mouth could lead to potential complications:

  • Abscess or cyst around impacted tooth.

  • Caries of the adjacent tooth.

  • Tooth shift and crowding.

  • Jaw pain.

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Although these complications are not guaranteed, we recommend removing wisdom teeth before problems arise and as soon as possible. Prevention is always the key!

Why might we recommend the extraction of other teeth?

If a tooth is beyond saving, or could be detrimental to your health, a dentist may
recommend extraction as the best option. This could be due to severe infection, gum
disease, fracture of the root, injury, or severe damage.

Extraction of a tooth could also be part of your orthodontic treatment plan. It is
common to have to remove teeth during orthodontics, whether primary or permanent, to
achieve the best possible outcome that works for you and your individual jaw.

Extraction procedure

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A thorough dental examination, X-rays and extraction diagnosis by the dentist.

Numbness of the area under local anesthesia so as not to feel anything.

Preparation of the site by the dentist.

Extraction of the tooth.

Suture the extraction site, if necessary.

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Post-operative instructions

  • Compress the site with cotton gauze for the first two hours or until the bleeding slows.

  • Ice cheeks for 20 minutes at a time every hour. 

  • Follow the prescription of antibiotics and painkillers.

  • Avoid straws or spit up, this could dislodge the blood clot at the extraction site. This is a complication called dry socket, please call us if you think this has happened to you.

  • Brush and floss as you normally would, it's important to keep your mouth clean during the healing process.

  • You can eat whatever works for you, just avoid foods with small seeds or pieces that could get stuck in the extraction site. Most patients stick to softer foods to avoid putting too much strain on the jawbone.

  • The sutures dissolve over time, usually within two weeks, if they come undone they can be removed carefully.

  • After the first 48 hours, you can rinse with salt water to promote the healing process.

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