Teeth may be removed if they’re damaged beyond repair. Other possible reasons include impacted wisdom teeth or baby teeth that fail to fall out on their own.
There are two types of extractions. First is the simple extraction and second is the complex or surgical extraction.
Two Types of Extractions
- Simple Tooth Extractions. Simple tooth extractions are for visible teeth. General dentists can perform this procedure for you. For your comfort, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the area and reduce pain. Your dentist may use instruments to loosen, grasp, and pull the tooth.
- Complex Tooth Extractions. Surgical dental extractions are carried out on teeth that are below the gumline, an impacted wisdom tooth for example. Since the tooth has not fully erupted, an incision is necessary to access it. The tooth may also be fragmented, making the procedure more complex. Your general dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon.
Preparing for Tooth Extractions
You may need to be examined and have X-rays taken prior to your tooth extraction. Your dentist needs to see the position of your tooth and other internal structures that may be affected during the removal. Your dentist may also prescribe antibiotics to be taken before or after the procedure if you have existing medical conditions. Be sure to follow pre-surgery instructions provided to you.
Reducing Pain and Anxiety During Extractions
If you have dental fears or anxiety, your dentist may offer oral sedation. If you’ll be undergoing a complex tooth extraction, your oral surgeon may use deep sedation or general anesthesia. Your dental team will be monitoring you closely to ensure your comfort. Let them know if you begin to experience pain during the procedure.
What to Expect Post-Extraction
It’s normal to experience discomfort after getting a tooth extracted. Take your medications as advised by your dentist.
To relieve pain and swelling, you may apply ice packs on the outside of your cheek where the extracted tooth is. You need to avoid using a straw, spitting, or sucking to prevent a condition called dry socket.
Dry socket happens when a blood clot at the site of the extracted tooth is dislodged or dissolved before the wound heals. Contact your dentist if bleeding, pain, or swelling persists after several days.
Need a Tooth Pulled?
Simple tooth extractions are preferred unless the only method suitable for your case is a surgical extraction. If you need a tooth or teeth pulled, please get in touch with our team at 403.257.1180.
McKenzie Towne Family Dental in SE Calgary performs both simple and complex tooth extractions. And we’ll work with you to make your dental experience a pleasant one from start to finish.