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How Does a Tooth Extraction Work?

sedation dentistryAlthough we all prefer to keep our natural teeth, sadly this is not always possible. Over time, teeth become damaged and decayed and may ultimately need to be removed. Many different issues can result in tooth extraction, but the general process is quick and easy. Most dentists can do standard tooth extraction procedures including wisdom teeth removal. Sedation dentistry can help make your tooth extraction process straightforward and pain-free. In this post, we have helped provide a general overview of tooth extraction.

What is Tooth Extraction?

As the name implies, tooth extraction involves the permanent removal of a tooth from the mouth. It is usually done as a preventative measure to help protect the other teeth from decay or overcrowding. Wisdom teeth removal is a common form of tooth extraction that most people undergo in their lifetime. Sometimes a tooth extraction is used to prepare the mouth for future dental procedures, such as dentures or braces. Usually, a tooth extraction begins with x-rays to assess the state of the patient’s teeth and then the dentist removes the damaged or crowded teeth. Sedation dentistry is employed to ensure the patient is comfortable and pain-free throughout the procedure.

What Procedures Require a Tooth Extraction?

A few of the conditions that may require tooth extraction include tooth damage or decay, infection, or gum disease. You may also require tooth extraction to prevent overcrowding of the teeth or to prepare the mouth for dentures or braces.

Are Tooth Extractions Painful?

Thanks to sedation dentistry, tooth extractions are not painful. With appropriate sedation, you will not feel pain or discomfort during the procedure. There will likely be swelling and pain following the procedure, which can be managed with the over-the-counter pain medication. Many children even undergo preventative tooth extraction procedures without any issues thanks to sedation.

What To-Do Post-Tooth Extraction?

Following a tooth extraction procedure, there are usually no major complications. You may experience minor bleeding, swelling, and/or pain which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication and ice. If severe pain develops or bleeding continues more than 48 hours post-extraction, it is important to contact your dentist. To protect your teeth post-extraction, avoid brushing teeth or using a straw for 72 hours. We recommend sticking with soft foods such as scrambled eggs and soup. Your dentist can provide additional tips and tricks prior to your procedure.

At Mackenzie Dental Centre, Dr. Lloyd Pedvis has over 25 years of experience providing family and sedation dentistry to the Woodbridge, Vaughan, and Maple areas. To protect your natural teeth it's important to regularly visit your dentist and pay close attention to your oral health. Dr. Pedvis can provide regular dental care to you and your entire family. He provides a range of comprehensive dental care including cosmetic procedures, wisdom tooth removal, and dentures. Dr. Pedvis is currently accepting new patients and can help you achieve the smile of your dreams. For information or to book an appointment, contact Mackenzie Dental Centre at 905-417-8700.

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