In cases where less invasive options would be seen as ineffective, tooth extraction is often a necessary way to ensure the health of your mouth.
Why would someone need a tooth extraction?
In cases where your tooth cannot be saved, the best route is often a tooth extraction to protect your health. This could be the result of a large cavity which has damaged your tooth beyond repair, advanced gum disease affecting the bone needed to support the tooth or teeth, room required for speciality dental treatment such as a dental implant or braces, or if the tooth has become painful, impacted (stuck) or infected.
What is the procedure like?
Tooth extractions can be categorized into two types – simple and surgical.
Simple extractions are a fairly quick outpatient procedure, where we use local anaesthesia to numb the affected area. Through the use of an instrument called an elevator, the dentist will loosen the tooth and remove it with forceps.
Surgical extractions are typically required in cases where teeth are below the gum surface, broken or impacted.
What is recovery from tooth extraction like?
Recovery from tooth extractions is often nice and short. There are a few ways to ensure your health in the recovery period, which include:
- Avoid the use of a straw, rinsing your mouth or spitting for 24 hours following the procedure to ensure a proper blood clot can form
- Be mindful of the treatment site when brushing, flossing and chewing for the first few days
- Sleep with your head in an elevated position to help prevent the potential for bleeding
- Do not smoke for 48 hours
- Make use of a cold compress and/or prescribed pain control medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen to help control any swelling or pain you may experience
Are there risks to dental extractions?
Dental extractions do involve some risk, however, we only recommend them in cases where the benefit will outweigh the small chance of complications. The most common risk is a dry socket, which forms when either the blood clot doesn’t form in the socket or dislodges, exposing the bone inside. This issue is easy to fix, through use of a sedative dressing for a few days.
How much do tooth extractions cost?
Our office follows the dental fee guides set out by the Manitoba Dental Association. Each case is different, so we recommend you schedule a consultation for a quote specific to your needs. Private insurance does often cover the partial, if not full, cost of tooth extractions. We also offer payment plans and accept all major dental insurance plans and credit cards.