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Tooth Extractions in Airdrie!

Although wisdom & tooth extractions are always a last resort, there are situations where the complete removal of a tooth is the best treatment option. When this becomes necessary, the dentists at Grace Family Dental are here to help.

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Why do Teeth Need to Be Extracted?

Although permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and tooth extraction is always a last resort, there are a number of reasons why it may be necessary.

  • There may be significant decay rendering it unrestorable and no longer functional
  • There may be the presence of gum disease resulting in compromised support for the tooth
  • There may be a fracture extending below the gum line which cannot be repaired.
  • Teeth may be removed for orthodontic purposes
  • Teeth may adversely affect other teeth or pose a risk of infection (wisdom teeth).
    • In the case of wisdom teeth, inadequate space in the mouth often does not allow the wisdom teeth to erupt properly and become fully functional. When this happens, the tooth can become impacted (stuck) in an undesirable or potentially harmful position. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can contribute to infection, damage to other teeth, and possibly cysts or tumors. Consequently, they are often removed.

How do you remove an erupted tooth?

If a tooth needs to be removed, we numb the area around it with freezing medicine so that you don’t feel any pain. Then, we move the tooth from side to side until it is loose, and then gently lift it out. Sometimes we will cut the tooth into two or more pieces to remove it safely, especially if it has several roots going in different directions. Wisdom teeth removal, which is a highly common procedure, is generally performed under local anesthesia, intravenous (IV) sedation, or general anesthesia by a specially trained dentist in an office surgery suite. The surgery does not require an overnight stay, and you will be released with post-operative instructions and medication (if necessary), to help manage any swelling or discomfort. During your wisdom & tooth extractions, your dentist or oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the tooth and bone. Then the bone that blocks access to the tooth root will be removed. Next, the tooth will be divided into sections if it’s easier to remove in sections. The tooth will be removed, the site will be cleaned of any debris from the tooth or bone, and the wound will be stitched closed to promote healing (though this is not always necessary). Gauze will be placed over the extraction site to control bleeding. You will be given care instructions to take home with you, and postoperative medication to help control any swelling or pain.

What can I expect after I have my tooth removed?

Every case is different, and after the tooth is removed your dentist will review with you what to expect. In general, a small amount of discomfort is normal right when the freezing wears off, and some patients will take an ibuprofen or acetaminophen at that time. Bleeding or swelling are usually minimal, but again, your dentist can tell you what to expect with your case.

Do I need to replace my tooth once it is removed?

It depends. Some teeth are important for function or aesthetics. For example, the first molar tooth is very important for chewing; so not replacing could result in tooth drift and unbalanced bite. However, some other teeth, such as wisdom teeth, are rarely replaced. To ensure no surprises down the road, this is an issue that is addressed prior to tooth removal.

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Call Grace Family Dental at (403) 980-7555 to set up your Tooth Extraction consultation today!