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Services (Extraction )

What should you expect when you are scheduled for a tooth extraction?

The area will be numbed to lessen any discomfort. After the extraction, you will be advised of what post extraction regiment to follow, in most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal.

Avoid anything that might prevent normal healing. It is usually best not to smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously, or drink through a straw for 24 hours. These activities could dislodge the clot and delay healing. For the first few days, if you must rinse, rinse your mouth gently.

For pain or swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag. Ask your dentist about pain medication. You can brush and floss the other teeth as usual. But don't clean the teeth next to the tooth socket.

When having an extraction, today's modern procedures and follow up care as recommended are there to provide you the patient great benefit and comfort.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned. Often, however, the jaw isn't large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth and they can become impacted (unable to come in or misaligned). Wisdom teeth that grow sideways or emerge only part way from the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone cause irritation to the gums, bone and teeth around them. In addition, due to their location in the back corners of the mouth, inadequate cleaning can also lead to irritation and inflammation of the surrounding tissue.

Extraction of wisdom teeth is generally recommended when:

  • Wisdom teeth only partially erupt. This leaves an opening for bacteria to enter around the tooth and cause an infection. Pain, swelling, jaw stiffness and general illness can result.

  • There is a chance that poorly aligned wisdom teeth will damage adjacent teeth.

  • A cyst (fluid-filled sac) forms, destroying surrounding structures such as bone or tooth roots.

  • Cavities infect the tooth

  • Severe gum disease is present and can be alleviated by wisdom tooth removal

Patients should ask about the health and positioning of their wisdom teeth. A recommendation for removal may be made or patients may be referred to an oral surgeon for further evaluation.

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