Tooth Extractions or Removals
At The Accolade Dental Centre, our Yorkville dentists may recommend tooth extractions for a tooth that is badly decayed, abscessed, affected by serious gum disease or other oral health concerns.
When does a tooth need to be removed?
Although our first choice is to repair a tooth to prevent a tooth removal, sometimes a tooth is too badly damage to be saved. If the tooth has a large amount of decay, or has been badly broken, and can’t support a dental restoration like a crown, a tooth extraction may be necessary.
Will a tooth extraction be painful?
Our team at The Accolade Dental Centre strives to make your treatments as comfortable as possible, especially oral surgery like tooth removals or extractions. If you are anxious about oral surgery, talk to us – we offer services for anxious patients like nitrous oxide.
The first step in a tooth removal is to place a local anaesthetic to the area surrounding your tooth so that you will be numb while your tooth is extracted. The dentist will then carefully remove the tooth using precise instruments. If anything become uncomfortable our caring team will be listening and ready to help make you more comfortable.
Tooth extraction after-care
Taking proper care of your mouth after a tooth removal is important.
Our team will explain the aftercare needed for your specific treatment, but there are some simple steps you can follow after a tooth extraction to prevent future problems:
- Take your pain medicine as recommended by your dentist
- Leave the gauze in place for at least 3 hours (or as instructed by your care team)
- Apply an ice pack to the area
- Take it easy for the next 24 hours and limit strenuous activity for the next few days
- Don’t use a straw, rinse or spit for the next 24 hours to avoid dislodging a blood clot (unless instructed otherwise)
- Avoid smoking
- Try to sleep as flat as possible that night, avoid propping up your head with extra pillows
Eating soft foods after your extraction like ice cream, pudding, soups, apple sauce and smoothies will allow you to heal quicker. You can slowly add solid foods back into your diet – just follow your post-surgical treatment plan.