What Is Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. This is a procedure that is usually performed by a dental surgeon. Teeth extraction usually occurs when a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay and there is too much damage for the tooth to be repaired by a filling or crown. Milk teeth usually loosen and fall from a child’s mouth naturally to give way to permanent teeth, so there is no need for dental intervention.
What Causes the Need for Tooth Extraction?
However, there are other reasons for tooth extraction including:
- Extra teeth growing in that are blocking others.
- Baby teeth that haven’t fallen out in time for the permanent teeth to come in.
- Wisdom teeth are commonly removed for medical reasons.
Other common reasons include are to prepare your mouth for dentures or dental implants or if it’s an impacted wisdom tooth.
The Process of Tooth Extraction
Tooth extraction is typically a very fast process—we will use local anesthesia to ensure you’re comfortable. The most critical part of the process is recovery. We need to ensure we control the bleeding and encourage a proper healing process immediately following the tooth extraction. This involves having you bite down on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes to form a blood clot—you must be extremely careful not to disturb the blood clot for the next 24 hours. To manage to swell, we recommend an ice pack on the outer check, and once the swelling has gone down, a warm compress to the same area for comfort. Gentle rinses with warm salt water also help keep the extraction area clean. Sedation dentistry is also available at Dynasty Tower Dental if you have anxiety or fears about dental treatments.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a tooth extraction cost in Toronto?
The cost of simple tooth extraction is from $100 to $200. But depending on the complexity of the procedure it may cost more.
When can I eat after a tooth extraction?
After almost an hour of your tooth extraction, you can remove the gaze and are allowed to eat soft foods or liquid foods. But for up to 10 days you should avoid eating hard foods that get trapped on the teeth’ empty socket and you should chew food with your other side of the mouth.
How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?
Full recovery takes 10 days to 2 weeks if you follow the information about recovery and general care guidelines that your dentist will provide.
How dentists pull a tooth?
After an injection of local anesthetic(if needed), they use an instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth, then they pull the tooth out using forceps.