Few adults want to lose one of their permanent teeth through extractions, but sometimes a tooth cannot be saved. An extraction is when a dentist carefully removes a tooth that is no longer viable, healthy, or comfortable for the patient to have in their mouth. Although most people associate the procedure with a patient having poor oral hygiene, the truth is there are numerous situations in which a tooth might be removed for personal safety and hygiene.
Here at Woodview Family Dentistry in Burlington, ON, we focus on making the treatment as comfortable as possible.
The basic removal of a tooth often occurs because something is wrong with it. Plaque could have eaten through the hard exterior enamel and caused decay and an infection that destroyed the interior of the tooth and its soft roots. A physical injury might have broken the tooth, making it structurally unsound and unable to remain in the mouth. Less common but still possible is that the patient is experiencing overcrowding, or when the teeth don’t fit comfortably in the mouth and along the jaws.
When seeking an extraction in Burlington, ON, it’s important to find a location with experience. Woodview Family Dentistry has been performing this simple procedure for years and brings all of that experience to the table. Patients who require an extraction will be briefed on the treatment beforehand and will then have their mouth numbed to alleviate pain and tension.
To extract a tooth, our dentist uses a pair of special pliers. The crown of the tooth is gripped and gently rocked back and forth, allowing the roots to become dislodged from the jawbone. Once the tooth is loose, the dentist gently pulls up and completes the extraction. The site is then sanitized to prevent infection and sometimes requires stitches to seal.
If a tooth is impacted, then our dentist will need to slice through the tissue covering the tooth and locking it in place. The tooth might also need to be broken in several pieces to facilitate removal.
Once extraction is complete, patients are advised to avoid irritating food and beverages and to use cold compresses to alleviate swelling for the next 24 to 72 hours.