Your SW Calgary Choice for Tooth Extractions
At Ultima Dental Wellness, we are pleased to offer the convenience of tooth extractions when it becomes necessary or recommended.
Why Do Teeth Need to Be Extracted?
Although tooth extractions are always a last resort, sometimes removal of a tooth is the ideal treatment option. Although permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed. There may be significant decay rendering it unrestorable, gum disease resulting in compromised support for the tooth, or a fracture extending below the gum line which cannot be repaired. Teeth are also sometimes removed for orthodontic purposes, or if they can adversely affect other teeth or pose a risk of infection (wisdom teeth).
How do you remove an erupted tooth?
You may hear people talk about getting a tooth “pulled”. This is an unfortunate term, as we don’t pull out teeth to remove them. If we did, we could damage the surrounding teeth, gums, and bone. If a tooth needs to be removed, we numb the area around it, and then “luxate” it. That is, we move the tooth from side to side until it is loose and then 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.
Do you Suffer from Anxiety at the Thought of a Tooth Extraction?
We understand that for most people, the thought of having their teeth extracted induces fear and anxiety. At Ultima Dental Wellness, we are here to walk you through the extraction process and help you feel as comfortable as possible throughout your appointment. Our experienced team will complete a thorough examination of your mouth, which includes digital X-rays used to help diagnose the type of teeth removal required. Since each and every case is different and based on your own unique situation, your Ultima dentist will review with you exactly what to expect after the tooth extraction. They will then provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your mouth after the procedure. For those who suffer from fear and anxiety during dental procedures, ask our dental team about our office’s Sedation Dentistry options so you can get the care you need.
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 comes out, 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.