Tooth Extractions in Fort McMurray
A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. This can be done with minimal anxiety and pain thanks to sedation dentistry.
To learn more about Timberlea Service Centre’s sedation dentistry and to set up an appointment for a tooth extraction, please contact us today.
When to Get Tooth Extractions
Most often, a tooth extraction is necessary if you have a broken or damaged tooth that cannot be saved. However, there are several other instances when you will need to get a tooth extraction, including:
- If you have extra teeth that block other teeth from coming in
- If you have a very loose tooth that cannot be saved
- If you are getting braces – to create room for the teeth that are being moved
- If your wisdom teeth are causing problems in your mouth
- If tooth decay has damaged the pulp and caused an infection
What to Expect during Your Tooth Extraction
There are two types of tooth extraction: simple extractions and surgical extractions. During both types of tooth extraction, your Fort McMurray dentist will give you injection, or local anesthetic, to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. This will minimize your pain during the procedure.
- Simple extractions are for visible teeth. Your dentist will loosen the tooth with an elevator and then remove the tooth using an instrument called a forceps.
- Surgical extractions are more complex, for teeth that are not visible. This can happen if the tooth has broken off at the gum line or if it has not erupted through the gums. Your dentist will make a small incision into your gum to remove the tooth. Sometimes it's necessary to remove some of the bone around the tooth as well or to cut the tooth in half in order to extract it.
How to Minimize Pain after a Tooth Extraction
You will always experience some pain after receiving a tooth extraction in Fort McMurray, but depending on how the surgery goes there will be more or less pain.
- Tissue damage will cause pain afterwards. Our approach has been to try and do our treatments slowly to prevent excess trauma and reduce pain after surgery.
- If infection has set in causing swollen tissues, you’ll have more pain and more difficulty healing than you would if the tissues were healthier.
- Some people’s tissues are more sensitive than others and some people have a higher pain threshold than others. Depending on where you lie on this scale you will have more or less pain.
After your tooth extraction in Fort McMurray, we recommend taking pain medications for 24-72 hours and cleaning the gum tissue to help heal and minimize pain. Your pain should go away after about 3 days. At this time, if you still have pain, it may be a sign of a dry socket or other problem. If you think you’re having excess or abnormal pain, come to the office and we’ll see how your healing process is going.