A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth and its root, including any root canal material, fillings, crowns or other parts of the problematic tooth.
There are many reasons your dentist may recommend that an extraction be performed.
Reasons for tooth extraction:
-When fracture or decay has damaged a tooth beyond repair
-When baby teeth block adult teeth from erupting
-To make room for other teeth to be moved in preparation for orthodontic treatment (braces)
-When wisdom teeth become impacted, when they disturb neighboring teeth or when they become problematic due to incomplete eruption
-When severe gum disease erodes supporting tissues and bone
-When there is an infection, even if there are no symptoms or pain
Extractions range in their complexity, so pricing can vary. Dental extractions can be performed with local anesthesia alone or with the help of sedatives, including nitrous oxide (which is inhaled) and/or conscious sedation for your comfort.
If you have any anxiety regarding your extractions, or any other treatment, please inquire about sedation options.
What to Expect After Tooth Extraction
Immediately after your tooth is extracted, the socket will be covered with sterile gauze; gentle pressure will be applied by biting for 20+ minutes to control any bleeding. Small sutures (stitches) might also be used. It's normal to experience some mild to moderate post-operative discomfort and/or swelling. Since most extractions do not cause much discomfort afterwards, an over-the-counter pain reliever is usually all that is needed. In most cases, post-surgical pain and discomfort subsides after a couple of days and full healing occurs after several weeks. Antibiotics may also be prescribed. Using ice packs on the outside of your jaw, and eating softer foods and cool foods until you feel more comfortable can also be helpful. Within a few days, all should be back to normal.