Tooth Extractions in Calgary, AB | Oral Surgeon in Calgary, AB | Tooth Extraction Surgery

While we always strive to preserve your natural smile, sometimes the best option might be a tooth extraction. This may sound a little daunting, but not to worry. We’re here to make sure your tooth extraction—no matter if you’re getting your wisdom teeth out or have an infected tooth that needs to go—is a stress-free experience. Your comfort and safety are our greatest priorities. When you’re at Kherani Dental, your smile is in great hands.

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Calgary Tooth Extraction

While dentists prefer to avoid performing tooth extractions whenever possible, it is a procedure that many will experience at one point or another. Fortunately, this common procedure can be performed quickly, efficiently, and with minimal discomfort.

Many teens and some adults will have their wisdom teeth removed, but there are several other reasons that an extraction might be required. They include:

Crowding

Teeth may sometimes be pulled in preparation for braces. If there is not enough room in your mouth, it may not be possible to align your teeth properly, requiring the removal of one or more teeth. Likewise, if there is not enough room for a new tooth to erupt through the gums, an extraction may be recommended by your dentist.

Infection

Tooth decay may sometimes extend to the pulp of the tooth, where nerves and blood vessels are located. Bacteria entering the pulp can lead to an infection that is typically corrected with root canal therapy (RCT), but if the infection is so severe that RCT and antibiotics prove ineffective, extraction may be called for.

Preventing Possible Infection 

In some cases, immune-compromised patients (such as those receiving chemotherapy or an organ transplant) may have a tooth extracted when there is the risk of infection in the tooth. Similarly, if a tooth has loosened due to periodontal (gum) disease, it may be necessary to extract it.

Preparing For Your Tooth Extraction

To ensure that everything goes smoothly with your tooth extraction, make sure to inform your dentist if you suffer from any of the following conditions:

  • Diabetestooth extraction
  • Liver Disease
  • Renal Disease
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Congenital Heart Defect
  • Damaged Heart Valves
  • Adrenal Disease
  • A History of Bacterial Endocarditis
  • An Artificial Joint

It is also important to let your dentist know if you will soon be receiving treatment for another medical condition with an intravenous drug called a bisphosphonate. Your extraction should be done before this treatment begins to prevent the risk of osteonecrosis.

The Extraction Procedure

The exact procedure will vary depending on whether the tooth is visible (simple extraction) or impacted (surgical extraction).

A simple extraction involves a local anaesthetic to numb the area surrounding the tooth. During the procedure, you will feel some pressure, but there should be no pain. The dentist will first loosen the tooth with a tool called an elevator, then remove it with forceps.

If you require a surgical extraction, you will likely receive both local anaesthesia and intravenous anaesthesia. With certain medical conditions, you may receive general anaesthesia, which will render you unconscious. With this type of extraction, common with wisdom teeth, the dentist will make a small incision in your gum to remove the tooth. It may also be necessary to cut the tooth or remove some surrounding bone.

Recovering From Your Tooth Extraction

It typically requires a few days to recover from the extraction. You can help the recovery process proceed smoothly with the following steps:

  • Reduce swelling following the procedure by applying ice to your cheek for 10 minutes at a time.
  • Your dentist will apply a gauze pad over the extraction site. Bite down on it to reduce bleeding and aid in clotting. Leave the gauze in place for three to four hours, or until it is soaked with blood.
  • Take any prescribed medications, including over-the-counter painkillers.
  • Simply relax for the first 24 hours. Don’t try to go back to your daily routine right away.
  • Prop your head up with pillows when you lie down.
  • Brush and floss as normal but avoid the extraction site. Do not rinse for 24 hours and spit only gently.
  • Do not use a straw for 24 hours.
  • Following the extraction, eat soft foods.
  • Wait 24 hours, then begin rinsing your mouth with a half tablespoon of salt in about 250 ml of warm water.
  • If you experience pain that is not diminishing after several days, or if you experience the signs of an infection (fever, pain, pus, or drainage from the incision), see your dentist as soon as possible.

For more information about tooth extractions, contact Kherani Dental at Aspen.

Tooth Extraction FAQs

If you suspect you might need a tooth extraction, we’re sure you have tons of questions. We’ve talked with our patients and compiled some of the most frequently asked questions. Read on to learn more.

How To Care For a Tooth Extraction After Surgery?

After your extraction, you’ll be able to see the socket left behind where that tooth once lived. As your body heals, a blood clot will form in that socket, protecting the exposed bone and nerves. After the 24-hour mark, rinse with a mixture of warm water and salt. Avoid straws, smoking, and aggressive oral healthcare routines until the extraction site has completely healed, which can take anywhere from one to two weeks. If you do use any of the above, you could develop a dry socket.

What Is Dry Socket, and How Do I Treat It?

Dry socket is when the blood clot in the socket of your tooth gets dislodged, exposing the nerves and, therefore, causing discomfort. You can tell a dry socket by looking into the recesses of the cavity. If you see white bone, that’s often a tell-tale sign that the clot is no longer in place. To treat this, we recommend you come and see us right away.

Will Tooth Extraction Affect My Regular Brushing and Flossing Routine?

You should wait until one day has passed after the extraction to resume brushing and flossing as normal. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and take extra care around the extraction area as it will be tender. If you find that you must clean your teeth before this time, try to use lukewarm water to gently dislodge any food or plaque that’s clinging to your teeth.

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