Tooth extaction by Dr. Snehal Shah your Langley dentist
One of the main goals of modern dentistry is to save teeth whenever possible. But in some situations, Dr. Snehal Shah at Jericho Dental Centre may determine that it is best to remove (extract) a tooth instead. When this is the case, Dr. Snehal explains the reasons and informs you of the consequences and any treatments that may follow.
Reasons For Tooth Extractions
The most common reason for an extraction is tooth damage due to breakage or decay. Additional reasons for tooth extractions may include:
- Severe tooth decay or infection
- Extra teeth which are blocking other teeth from coming in.
- Severe gum disease which may affect the supporting tissues and bone structures of teeth
- In preparation for orthodontic treatment
- Fractured teeth
- Insufficient space for wisdom teeth (impacted third molars).
Tooth Removal Recovery
It is normal to feel some soreness for a few days after a tooth is removed. Any discomfort can usually be relieved by taking an over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. You should also hold an ice pack on the outside of the cheek: place it on for 5 minutes, then take it off for 5 minutes, and repeat as needed for one hour to reduce the potential swelling in the first 24 hours. Call our Langley dental office immediately at 604.539.0211 , if you’re experiencing uncontrollable pain or healing problems after your tooth extraction procedure.
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