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Dental extractions

As a dental health professional, the goal is always to save the dentition. Unfortunately certain conditions can prevent the dentist from achieving this goal and an extraction becomes necessary to ensure the rest of the oral cavity stays healthy. This can be done at our office with the latest technologies and high precision equipment.

Why do I need to extract a tooth?

Certain oral cavity pathologies and conditions affect the tooth/teeth directly compromising their health and viability. If the dentist cannot find a solution to save the tooth, he/she will be left with an extraction as a last resort. However this is not the only step in reestablishing a healthy oral cavity. It is important to replace a missing tooth to maintain the function of the dentition, prevent movement of other teeth and the resorption of the bone. In the case of an extraction, the dental professions at Centre dentaire NP, will propose several different options of replacement according to your needs and budget.

The main causes of dental extraction

> The wisdom teeth: these are the most commonly extracted teeth due to the irregularity of their eruption pattern. They are often extracted due to preventative reasons to avoid oral cavity pathologies (abscess, cavities, infections, cysts, tumors etc.). However, once extracted these teeth do not need to be replaced, as it is the case with the rest of our dentition.

> An aggressive dental cavity: when a decayed tooth is not treated immediately, the bacteria can cause the cavity to damage the pulp of the tooth (the inside that comprises the nerve and blood vessels). If the tooth is damaged where a dental filling and/or a root canal is deemed insufficient, it becomes mandatory to extract it.

> Periodontal condition compromising the integrity of the tooth: when the tooth is not treated with the appropriate measures, gingivitis can progress into periodontitis, leading to potential bone loss. In this situation, the tooth does not have support and can become mobile. It is possible that it becomes a tooth that needs to be extracted and then replaced.

Facts and information on dental extractions

1. A dental extraction is not a complete solution

If an extraction is the only resolution to avoid future complications of one tooth and/or affected tissues, it is important to replace them immediately after extraction. In this way, we keep the integrity of the oral cavity.

2. Be conscientious of the post-operatory signs and symptoms

After the procedure it is common and normal to feel pressure or discomfort and light bleeding. Advise your dentist if the symptoms persist and/or if you are vomiting or have a fever.

3. Follow instructions for optimal healing

Please follow the instructions given to you by the dentist and dental team when it comes to allowing the area to heal. Some of the suggestions are to avoid workouts and follow a soft food diet after the extraction. The healing time frame varies from one individual to the next.

4. Feel free to ask questions at any time!

It is important that you discuss your thoughts, fears, health history and conditions and medications with your dentist. This will allow a complete and thorough treatment for both you and your dental health provider.