Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom Tooth Extraction in Toronto, ON
Tooth extraction is a routine dental procedure that is performed by your dentist or an oral surgeon. For most patients, they can have this procedure completed in one dental visit.
When Is Tooth Extraction Needed?
Tooth extraction is a routine dental procedure that is performed for a variety of reasons.
To Create Space – Teeth are extracted to create space in the mouth when the jaw is not large enough. This will help prevent impacted teeth and teeth that erupt into the mouth in a misaligned fashion.
Orthodontic Treatment – Teeth may be extracted in order to create space in the mouth in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
To Prevent Infection & Cysts – Teeth that erupt or come into the mouth partially are partly covered by gum tissue. Food debris may sometimes become trapped under the gum tissue and lead to pain and infection. Teeth that have not erupted properly can lead to cysts and infection as well.
What Is The Process?
Your dentist will give you an anaesthetic before the extraction begins. The level of anaesthetic will be discussed with you to ensure that you are comfortable during the procedure. If you have a current infection, the procedure may be delayed until the infection has cleared. You may be given antibiotics to help with the infection.
The tooth is extracted once the anaesthetic has taken effect. In some cases, the tooth may be sectioned into smaller pieces to make the extraction process easier. Once the tooth has been removed, stitches are placed in the area. The stitches help to gum tissue to heal properly over the coming days.
Most patients only require a few days before they can chew normally in the affected area again. Your dentist will prescribe medication to ease any discomfort after the procedure. An ice-pack may be held against the cheek for up to 20 minutes at a time.
Avoid chewing in the affected area and using a straw. Try to eat a soft food diet until the area has fully healed. If possible, rinse with a warm salt water mixture a few times throughout the day. Take care not to rinse vigorously as it may prolong healing or loosen the stitches. Avoid smoking during the healing process. Smoking will delay healing by reducing blood flow to the area.
Your dentist will have you come in for a follow-up appointment to remove the stitches in most cases. Sometimes dissolving stitches are used which will dissolve on their own in a few days. There is no need to see your dentist for a follow-up visit with dissolving stitches unless you have a concern.
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