Tooth Extractions – Scarborough, Ontario
Relieve Pain & Keep Smiles Healthy
At Bal Dental Centre, we usually try to help our patients keep their healthy, natural teeth. Unfortunately, this just isn’t always possible. If tooth extraction is necessary to maintain the optimal level of oral health, our caring team and knowledgeable dentist in Scarborough can help. We offer a wide range of restorative dentistry solutions, including tooth removal and tooth replacement options. If you’re experiencing oral health concerns and you want to learn more about your treatment options, don’t hesitate to contact our dental office in Scarborough to schedule a treatment consultation. We’ll do what we can to preserve your natural dental structures, but if removal is the right options, we’re happy to offer tooth extraction services as well.
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
Repairing damaged or decayed teeth is always the ideal option, but there are cases where removing these teeth is best for your overall oral health. Some of the reasons that teeth are commonly extracted include:
- Severe damage or decay that destroys too much dental structure to support a restoration
- Primary teeth that don’t fall out on their own
- Impacted teeth – those that are unable to properly erupt from the gum line
- Wisdom teeth, third molars, are often extracted due to lack of space for these teeth within the smile
- As preparation for orthodontic treatment or the placement of dentures, one or more teeth may be removed
How Teeth are Removed
We typically extract teeth in one of two ways. The first is pulling. When teeth are fully emerged from the gum line, we use a clasping tool to shift it back and forth until the tooth breaks away from the supporting structures. If a tooth is unable to fully erupt or doesn’t break free through pulling, a surgical extraction may be necessary. These treatments are customized to the individual patients, and the process can be as simple as making a small incision in the gum tissue to reveal the tooth. In some cases, we’ll need to drill into bone structure or break the tooth into smaller pieces to allow for easier removal.
Caring for Your Smile After Tooth Extraction
Following the tooth extraction, we’ll provide you with specific at-home care instructions to help you make a full recovery with minimal discomfort. If your tooth needs to be replaced, we’ll begin this treatment process as soon as possible. During the first 48 hours after your tooth removal procedure, you should take care to avoid irritating the extraction site. Use clean gauze to cover the socket and replace the gauze anytime it becomes saturated. You should also use ice packs at 20-minute intervals to reduce swelling and relieve pain. Consume only liquids for the first day after treatment and introduce soft foods and those that are more difficult to chew gradually as you feel comfortable. If you notice pain or sensitivity at the extraction site or you experience increased discomfort rather than diminished pain, call our team right away.