Sometimes having your tooth pulled off is inevitable. There are several reasons why oral surgeons or dentists decide that tooth extraction treatment in Calgary AB, is the only choice. In this article, we will discuss all you need to know about this treatment.
What is Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction is the removal of teeth by a qualified dentist. Some of the reasons why the dentist may have to extract your tooth are:
- Gum disease (periodontal disease)
- Dental cavities
- Dental trauma
- Complications of wisdom teeth
- Preparation for orthodontic treatment if your jaw cannot hold all your teeth
- Baby teeth not falling on time
Types of Tooth Extraction Treatment in Calgary
The dentist is going to decide the right technique for extraction depending on the size, shape, position, and location of the tooth to be extracted. These techniques are classified into two: surgical and simple extraction.
A simple extraction can be done by any dentist since it involves the extraction of a visible tooth — for example, an infected tooth. Surgical extraction, on the other hand, it requires an experienced dentist or an oral surgeon. This procedure involves the extraction of impacted teeth.
Surgical extraction requires the dentist to remove gum tissues, bone, or both. The tooth may even have to be removed in pieces. That’s why you should always go for an experienced dentist for this procedure. You can trust us if you need Calgary teeth removal treatment.
Preparation for Extraction
First, you need to get in contact with the dentist before the day of the extraction. You need to be sure about the charges in the clinic and book an appointment, especially if your extraction will require surgery. During the visit, discuss your medical history with the dentist and disclose all the medications you are taking at that time.
The dentist may ask you to stop taking certain medications for a few days before the visit. On the day of surgery, your dentist may give you some pills to take before he begins the procedure.
On the Day of Extraction
Don’t panic, thinking that the procedure is painful because it is not. The dentist will numb you to ensure you don’t feel any pain during the surgery. Don’t fear to talk to your dentist in case you feel any pain. Talk to him, and he will adjust the sedation.
You will not hear much of the noise during the extraction. However, the sedation does not affect the nerves that feel pressure, so expect to feel some pressure during the removal of a tooth.
After extracting the tooth, the dentist will place gauze on the extraction site to control the bleeding. Bite onto it for about 30 to 45 minutes, and it will help stop the bleeding. In case he removes several teeth in a row, the dentist may have to stitch the spaces up.
Your dentist will give some painkillers that will help you alleviate pain at home. He will then provide you an ice bag to use for controlling swelling just in case.
It is wise to have someone take you home after the extraction. If you don’t have a friend, then you should call a cab to take you home. The sedation is still in your blood, and it can cloud your judgment. You may end, causing an accident on your way home.
At home, ensure to follow your dentist’s instructions to the letter. Expect some discomforts after few hours after you get home. Pain, swelling, and some bleeding are some of the problems you should expect.
You can alleviate the pain by taking painkillers, lower swelling with the ice compress method, and stop bleeding into the gauze or changing it if it is blood-soaked. If any of the problems are extreme or you start vomiting, call the dentist near you for advice.
For the first 24 hours, avoid disturbing the extraction site as much as possible. If you disturb the area, you might keep the blood clot from forming as it should. Don’t use a straw, don’t eat hard foods, avoid rinsing your mouth vigorously, don’t smoke or drink alcohol, and don’t suck on the extraction site.
Continue brushing your teeth as usual after 24 hours but avoid disturbing the extraction site. Rinse your mouth with warm salty every morning until you completely heal.
Tooth extraction is not as complicated as most people think. It is a procedure that is conducted within a single dental visit, and it is painless. Please note that it is essential to have the extracted tooth replaced with either dentures, bridges, or implants. You can visit Richmond Dental (Calgary) if you are looking for teeth extraction treatment near you. Call us to ask any questions or to book an appointment.