What Is Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction is a procedure performed on damaged teeth as well as wisdom teeth. Damage can result from tooth decay, injuries, gum disease, impacted teeth, among more. Wisdom teeth generally require removal to prevent pain, discomfort, and damage to surrounding teeth.
At Ashwood Dental, we make extraction a last resort option when there’s no way to recover the tooth. As your trusted dental provider, we guide you through the process from start to finish.
The Process and Cost of Tooth Extraction
Many misconceptions are surrounding the cost of teeth removal. Even though removing a tooth is quick and inexpensive, the resulting space needs filling to prevent:
- Nearby teeth moving out of place
- Opposing teeth over-erupting
- Additional pressure to remaking teeth
- Difficulty chewing
- Unpleasant appearance
Dentures, implants, and bridges are costly, so you have to consider the costs associated with these procedures when having teeth extracted. The cost isn’t as important if you remove a tooth like a back molar that doesn’t have any opposing teeth.
Get in touch with our team to learn more.
During the Removal
Patients typically undergo extractions with the help of a local anaesthetic. This numbing agent ensures a less stressful experience. While we are extracting the tooth, you’ll feel some pressure, but no pain.
A surgical extraction may be necessary if you have an impacted wisdom tooth, a tooth with more than a single root or roots with an unusual shape. Your dentist or orthodontic surgeon can discuss your options for local or general anaesthesia. Rest assured, this will be a pain-free process for you.
Some risks can present unexpected challenges during an extraction. These factors include:
- Blood conditions
- Bone cancer
- Radiotherapy in the jaw area
When you set up a consultation with one of our dentists, they’ll assess your medical history before extracting your tooth and make sure you are aware of any risk factors.
There are some risks you may run into after the procedure, among them:
- Dry socket
- Sinus issues
- Damage to another tooth or a filling
- Jaw bone thinning
Right after your extraction appointment, you may feel some discomfort, pain, or soreness while the anaesthetic wears off. We recommend taking the recommended dosage of your preferred painkiller or anti-inflammatory to provide relief.
Do not consume food or drink until the anaesthetic has worn off completely. You should not drink alcohol or smoke within 24 hours of the removal.
A moderate amount of pain is normal, but contact us immediately if you experience any of the following:
- Chills or fever
- Uncontrolled bleeding that doesn’t subside even with constant pressure
- Worsened pain or swelling
- Numbness of the lip, chin, or tongue
- Difficulties breathing or swallowing
At Ashwood Dental, our mission is to make sure every patient has a pleasant and painless experience. Contact us today if you have any concerns about your upcoming tooth extraction procedure.
Book an Appointment Today!
Are you worried you might need a tooth extraction due to tooth decay or wisdom teeth impaction? Contact Ashwood Dental today to set up a consultation with one of our expert dental care providers.