Tooth extractions are dental procedures used to remove decayed, damaged or otherwise problematic teeth. Dentists usually make every effort to preserve natural teeth, although sometimes an extraction is necessary. Although the procedure is performed in a dentist’s or oral surgeon’s office, it is considered surgery. Depending on which teeth are removed, they may be replaced with a dental implant or another oral prosthetic.
Frequently Asked QUestions
Do I need an extraction?
If you think you need a tooth extracted, we recommend seeing your dentist as they are the only ones who can determine if an extraction is necessary.
What should I expect during an extraction?
If you and your dentist decide to extract one or more teeth, you will be given a local anesthetic to prevent pain during the procedure, and you may be prescribed medications to help manage pain in the hours following your extraction. Depending on the nature of your extraction and other factors, such as whether your teeth are impacted, you may need to be referred to an oral surgeon.
What type of post-treatment care will I need to follow?
If you are prescribed an antibiotic, it is important that you complete the course of treatment to prevent infection. You will also be advised to avoid smoking or drinking through a straw, as doing so may delay the healing process and cause a condition known as ‘dry socket.’