Tooth extractions are routine dental procedures used to remove decayed, damaged or otherwise problematic teeth.

Dentists usually make the effort to preserve natural teeth, although sometimes extraction is necessary. Although the procedure is performed in a dentist’s office, it is considered surgery. Depending on which teeth are removed they may be replaced with a dental implant or another oral prosthetic.

There are several reasons why you could need a tooth extraction.

The most common cause of tooth extractions is severe tooth decay and cavities. However, many patients also undergo extractions for impacted teeth – particularly wisdom teeth. Other causes for extraction include advanced periodontal disease, cracked teeth, and teeth that are severely malformed. Although many circumstances that require extraction are unavoidable, some could be prevented with regular visits to the dentist for exams and cleanings.

What should I expect during my tooth extraction appointment?

If we are going to extract one or more teeth, you will be scheduled to return for oral surgery at a later date. You will be given a local anesthetic to prevent pain during the procedure, and you may be prescribed medications to help manage pain in the hours following your extraction. Depending on the nature of your extraction and other factors, such as whether your teeth are impacted, you may also be sedated or given general anesthesia during your procedure.
What type of post-treatment care will I need to follow?
Post-operative care following a tooth extraction is essential for healing and preventing complications. You will be instructed to avoid hot foods and drinks and also keep the surgical site clean at all times. If you are prescribed an antibiotic, it is important that you complete the course of treatment to prevent infection. Finally, you may be advised to avoid smoking and use an antiseptic mouthwash.


Some third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth, can’t be properly maintained due to their misaligned eruption pattern. The result of their improper positioning makes it difficult to clean and maintain the area around them.

As dental plaque is allowed to build-up, overall risk for periodontal disease, recurring infections and tooth decay increase for the wisdom tooth and its neighbouring tooth by creating a trap for dental plaque to accumulate between them. This condition is known pericoronitis.

To avoid such problems is better to decide to remove the teeth. So, once the decision to remove the wisdom teeth is made, a panoramic x-ray is taken here in our dental office to define the position of the wisdom tooth. Then, a local anesthesia is given and the site is thoroughly numbed so the dentist can expose and remove the tissues that overly the impacted tooth.

Sometimes, by sectioning the tooth into smaller parts, it improves the surgeon’s ability to remove the entire tooth through a smaller opening, minimizing the amount of bone that needs to be removed to take out the tooth and thereby helping to reduce recovery time. Sometimes after the tooth is removed is removed, stitches are required.
After the surgery, local swelling and discomfort are common but it will be minimized in a period of 2 days.

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