Dental Extractions Ajax
Ajax Dental Care strives to only use tooth extraction, the complete removal of a tooth, in the most necessary and extreme of cases such as when teeth are severely damaged and cannot be repaired. An extraction is typically the first step before a bridge, implant or dentures are created to fill in the space. Extractions are also used for removing wisdom teeth that are crowding other teeth and are trapped beneath the gum line where they can cause infection and pain.
Process for Dental Extraction
Dental extraction or, informally, “tooth pulling” is a fairly simple procedure that can be done in a dental office with local anesthetic. In some cases, when the dental extraction is difficult due to the position or shape of the tooth, nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” may be used to put a patient under.
Stitches are used to seal the gum line and stop bleeding. Some precautions will need to be taken for a few days after the extraction to avoid reopening the wound. If this occurs, dry socket may form which is a painful condition that involves inflammation of the alveolar bone. Smoking should be avoided along with swishing too hard and poking or prodding at the area.
Third Molar Extraction
Often referred to as wisdom teeth, the last set of molars in the back of the mouth typically start to come in when people are in their late teens to mid-20’s. For some people, they may have enough room in their mouth to safely accommodate these new teeth, but for many, they will need to be removed to avoid complications and damage to surrounding teeth.
Molar extraction can be complicated by an impaction. An impaction occurs when a wisdom tooth does not have adequate room to come in straight. It may come in at an angle, sideways or only emerge from the gum partially. Each scenario will cause pressure on surrounding teeth and also make for a more complex surgery. In this case, you will receive nitrous oxide versus local anesthetic.
Pain medication is typically prescribed to manage discomfort after the procedure. Soft foods are recommended for the first few days after the extraction along with a few other precautions such as brushing more gently and not smoking.