Your Langley Dentist, Dr. Snehal Shah, and Team Offer Tooth Extraction When Tooth Infections Cannot Be Resolved.
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. Shah 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 are blocking other teeth from coming in.
- Severe gum disease 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 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, if you’re experiencing uncontrollable pain or healing problems after your tooth extraction procedure.