About Dental Extractions

Extractions may be the safest and most effective way to avoid pain or further damage to the teeth and gums. Our expertise us to deliver simple, safe, and comfortable methods for tooth extraction.

Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. Your dentist will try their best to save the tooth that has been broken or damaged by decay, with a filling, crown, or other treatment. However, there are times when the damage is beyond repair. If this is the case, the tooth needs to be extracted. An X-ray of the area will be taken to help plan the best way to remove the tooth. During the procedure, you can expect to feel pressure, but little to no discomfort. Upon completion, your dentist will provide you with detailed instructions on what to do and expect after surgery.


Simple Dental Extraction

A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. General dentists commonly do simple extractions. In a simple extraction, the dentist loosens the tooth before removing it. Most simple extractions can be done using (a local anesthetic).

Surgical Dental Extraction

A surgical extraction is a more complex procedure. It is used if a tooth may have broken off at the gum line or has not come into the mouth yet. Surgical extractions commonly are done by oral surgeons. However, they are also done by general dentists. Sometimes it’s necessary to remove some of the bone around the tooth or to cut the tooth in half in order to extract it. For a surgical extraction, patients receive a local anesthetic. Some people may need general anesthesia. They include patients with specific medical or behavioural conditions and young children.

Options After Tooth Extraction

After your tooth has been extracted, if not replaced with a dental implant, the bone will start to recess after 6 months. Visit our Dental Implant page for more information.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed, but it’s important for young people, in their teens, to routinely have their wisdom teeth inspected, to determine whether or not extraction can prevent discomfort and other related issues.

Not everyone develops wisdom teeth. However, those that do usually see their wisdom teeth push through the gums or remain impacted between ages 17-21.  Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are the last teeth to erupt into the mouth and may not begin to emerge until the late teens or early twenties. Most people get four wisdom teeth – one in each corner of the mouth.

The arrival of these late-breaking teeth can cause trouble as they are often impacted (trapped in the jawbone) because there is not enough room for them in the mouth. Our jaws are a lot smaller than those of our early human ancestors, who needed bigger jaws and more teeth for the type of food they chewed. In most people, wisdom teeth can do more harm than good and we often recommend their removal.

It can take a long time for wisdom teeth to erupt and you may not even notice the harmful effects in your mouth until you experience sudden and severe discomfort. Cramped for room, impacted wisdom teeth grow out at odd angles or remain trapped below the gumline. Adjacent teeth can become prone to decay because of the unfavourable position of the wisdom teeth.

By looking at your medical history, examining your teeth, and taking x-rays, we’re better able to predict if your wisdom teeth may cause distress in the future. If you have a current or potential dental problem, early removal may be necessary. Should removal be necessary each Dawson Dental Centre does have solutions available to relieve any anxiety you may have.

Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. Medication, close monitoring, and special cleaning techniques are sometimes enough to keep them for a while. But the only way you will know for sure is to have an examination done at our dental office as early as possible.

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