Tooth Extractions – Everything You Need to Know
If you’re reading this article, you’re interested in learning more about your options for Tooth Extractions in Collingwood – or ‘Dental Extractions’. Well, you’ve come to the right place! Having a Tooth Extracted can be intimidating, concerning, and sometimes scary. Understanding the reasons, preparation, recovery, and procedure itself can help to ease some of the anxieties that come with having a tooth removed.
Let’s go over a few of these aspects of a Tooth Extraction.
What is a Tooth Extraction?
A Tooth Extraction is typically recommended as a last option for treatment as the primary objective is to ‘save’ natural teeth. However, there are circumstances when natural teeth are best removed even when they don’t have any issues – such as orthodontics.
In terms of the actual procedure, a Tooth Extraction is when a Dentist removes an entire Tooth from a patient’s oral cavity. The Tooth may come out in one piece, or it may be removed in sections, depending on the complexity of the case. Sutures may be required in some cases.
When is a Tooth Extraction Needed?
A Tooth may need to be extracted for a number of reasons.
As each case is unique, we’ve listed the most common reasons for Dental Extractions, below:
- Active Infection
- Severe Decay
- Damaged by Trauma or Disease
- Cracked or Broken Teeth
- Bone Loss
- Orthodontics – removing to make room for other teeth
- Primary Teeth Removal – Making Room for Adult Teeth
While there are many other reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted, these are a few of the most common reasons! As always, if you have any questions, you should consult with your Dentist as to reasons why a Tooth may need to be pulled/extracted.
At Collingwood Family Dental, our Dentists will do an examination to help determine the correct treatment plan for your specific case. If a Dental Extraction is recommended, our Dentists will also be able to answer any questions you have about the procedure or why it may be necessary.
Options for Sedation
If having a Tooth Removed makes you nervous or Dental anxiety, you’re not alone! Fortunately, there are options for Dental Sedation, both in-office and with specialists. There are a variety of Sedation options including light, moderate, and deep Sedation. If you’re interested in Sedation options, be sure to let your dentist know and they’ll be able to walk you through the process and go over your options.
What is the Recovery Like After a Tooth Extraction?
Recovery from a Tooth Extraction depends heavily on the complexity of the case itself. For the most part, Dental Extraction recoveries are fairly straightforward and can be handled with standard pain medication and post-care treatment.
Typically, immediately after a Tooth Removal procedure, your dental team will place gauze over the extraction site and instruct you to bite down on the gauze for a period of time to help with fluids and start the healing process. An ice-pack may also suggested to help with swelling. Avoiding straws, smoking, and any suction as it’s important for a clot to form at the extraction site.
Your Dentist may also want to see you for a post-operative follow up appointment. This appointment is typically recommended to make sure the extraction site is healing well. This is also a great opportunity to discuss your options or plan for replacing the missing tooth as well.
At Collingwood Family Dental, Dr. Sarah and her associates offer a variety of Tooth Extraction services, including simple and complex extractions, bone grafts, consultations, and more. An Examination is always required before treatment can be recommended or completed, which may come in the form of a New Patient Exam, Recall Exam, Specific Exam, or Emergency Examination.
Dr. Sarah and her team at Collingwood Family Dental are currently welcoming new patients and families to the practice, including those who are looking to have a tooth removed. If you’re interested in becoming a patient, feel free to give us a call, email us, or book online to get started. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have along the way!