Extractions and Wisdom Teeth Removal
Extractions are sometimes an option given to our patients due to extensive damage to a tooth, periodontal disease, prevention of complications such as infection, to improve appearance in adjunction to orthodontic treatment, teeth that has no function or if there is a vertical crack in a tooth root.
Usually tooth removal is carefully treatment planned for by one of our friendly dentist. You must tell your dentist your complete medical and dental history, including any medications you are taking. Certain precautions are taken for those who have pre-existing medical conditions. The dentist will require x-ray films of the tooth and the jaw, prior to extraction, to plan for the best and safest way to remove the tooth. In some cases, you may be referred to an Oral Surgeon for removal of teeth, such as impacted wisdom teeth or teeth with curved or bulbous roots and ankylosed teeth.
Prior removal of the tooth if you have concerns of a missing tooth in that area, you may want to consult your dentist for different options. Such options could be implant, bridges or dentures.
After extractions patients are recommended to rest at home, depending on the number extractions, you may require to have time off from work or school, avoid drinking alcohol and smoking, the use of ice packs to help reduce swelling and pain on the first day. Our dentist will provide you with an after phone number that you can call if any major complications arises.
As with many procedures, there may be some possible side effects of extraction, and they could be prolonged bleeding, dry socket, infection, sinus problems, numbness or altered sensation, damage to a nearby tooth or fillings and sometimes thinning of the jaw bone. As mentioned earlier, if you have any concerns, you should talk to one of our friendly dentist.