We all want to keep our teeth for as long as possible, but there are times with a circumstance will necessitate losing a tooth. It could be for a number of reasons – from severe tooth decay or infection, gum disease (where the supporting bone is compromised), fractured teeth to treating impacted wisdom teeth, even cosmetic removal. So, if you find that your dental professional suggests extraction, here are some simple things to keep in mind.

While there are many different reasons for extraction, virtually all extractions fall into one of two classes – simple and surgical. Simple extractions typically involve local anesthetic, and instruments are used to gain leverage and physically loosen and pull the tooth from the patient’s mouth. Surgical extractions, as their name implies, is typically conducted by an oral surgeon under anesthesia, and may involve teeth that are fully beneath the gum tissue, or teeth that require cutting tissue or bone for other reasons.

Both surgical and simple extractions require healing – your dentist or oral surgeon may prescribe antibiotics to minimize the chance of infection and will pack the socket with gauze to eliminate the chance of food particles becoming embedded in the opening formerly occupied by the removed tooth. It will take some time to heal but keeping your meals to liquids for the first couple of days will allow the area to heal without issue.

If your dentist recommends extraction, you should ask whether the extraction will be a simple extraction or if it will require surgery, and you should discuss the need for antibiotics and expected healing time. While extraction is fairly common and well understood, there are some potential complications (including infection, bleeding, swelling, and nerve injury).

If you have questions or concerns regarding your tooth extraction, contact Dr. Tayefi, DDS at (905) 237-7842 to schedule a consultation today, or visit www.artdentfamilydentistry.com for additional information.

Dr. Elham Tayefi proudly serves Ontario and all surrounding areas.