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Dental Extraction in Downtown Toronto

Dental extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons. Tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to prevent restoration is the most frequent indication for extraction of teeth. Other indications are related to impacted or problematic wisdom teeth and also to make space for orthodontic treatment in some particular cases.

What is an extraction?

An extraction is when the dentist completely removes one or more teeth from your mouth. If the dentist is pulling an adult tooth, there won’t be a tooth that grows naturally to replace it.

Before the tooth extraction, the dentist or oral surgeon will numb the area to prevent pain. This can either be a local anesthesia or a strong general anesthesia. If the tooth is impacted, the dentist may also cut away some of the gum and bone tissue that covers the tooth.

After the extraction, blood clots will form naturally to close the hole where your tooth was removed.

Is tooth extraction necessary?

Tooth extraction may not always be necessary, depending on the severity of your concern. However, if the issue is serious, tooth extraction may be necessary to prevent further damage or damage to your other teeth and gums.

One of the most common extractions is the removal of wisdom teeth. Other reasons where a tooth extraction may be necessary are a badly damaged tooth and trauma or decay. Dentists may also perform extractions if you have a crowded mouth and there’s no room for your teeth to align properly.

Do I have to remove my wisdom teeth?

Not everyone has to remove their wisdom teeth, and some people may be born without any wisdom teeth. You typically should consider removing your wisdom teeth if they cause changes to your mouth area, such as overcrowding, pain, cysts, and infections. Removing your wisdom teeth can also help with alleviating headaches, reducing periodontal disease, stopping your teeth from shifting.

Depending on the growth of your wisdom teeth, your dentist will recommend how many teeth you should extract, whether they need to break the teeth, and whether stitches are needed. Some people require the removal of all teeth, while others may only need a few removed.

After your wisdom teeth are removed, it’s important to clean the area gently and consistently to prevent any food or other debris from entering the area as it heals.

How soon after tooth extraction can I eat?

Depending on the tooth extraction procedure you have, your dentist may recommend waiting a few hours before starting liquid foods. Chewing solid foods may be difficult and painful at first, so it’s best to wait so your mouth can heal properly.

After two to three days, you can typically resume eating the foods you typically enjoy. However, you should still be cautious about eating spicy, very hot, acidic, sticky, and crunchy foods until your gum and jawbone are completely healed.

What should I do after a dental extraction?

It’s important to relax after a dental extraction and allow your body time to heal the gum and bone tissues in the area. Periodically apply a cold compress to the side of the tooth extraction to reduce swelling and pain.

Avoid rising and forcefully spitting for around 24 hours to allow the blood clots to form. Good oral hygiene is especially important during this time to prevent infections.

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