Stay Healthy: Have Decayed or Damaged Teeth Removed


Why would I need a tooth extracted?

Teeth may need to be removed (extracted) for a number of reasons. If you have a decayed tooth which is severely degraded and cannot be reconstructed with a dental filling, the tooth will need to be extracted. Also, poorly positioned teeth may cause damage to your mouth and the only option is to remove it. We may suggest tooth extraction because your tooth is abscessed, you have advanced gum disease, or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.

Is tooth extraction painful?

When the dentists at Horizon Family Dentistry extract a tooth we apply a local anaesthetic to the area surrounding your tooth numbing your mouth so you will not feel any pain. If you do feel any discomfort during the procedure please let us know. After the tooth extraction procedure you can use Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen to relieve the pain once our anesthesia wears off.

What do I need to do after my tooth is removed?

During your appointment, our dental staff will go over how to care for your mouth after the extraction to minimize your risk for infection. By following the simple steps, you can prevent any complications following extraction.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Your wisdom teeth (or your third molars), are usually the last teeth to erupt in your mouth. Your wisdom teeth can be functional if they are healthy and positioned correctly. However, there are often reasons why you may need to have your wisdom teeth extracted. In some cases your wisdom teeth can become impacted or only partially erupt through the gum in a misalignment. When impacted or partially impacted, your wisdom teeth can cause swelling, pain and even infection in the surrounding gum. They can also put pressure on the adjacent teeth, which can result in permanent damage to otherwise healthy teeth and their surrounding bone.

Sometimes, impacted or partially impacted wisdom teeth can also lead to the formation of cysts, and in worse case scenarios tumours, which could potentially destroy an entire section of your jaw. Finally, due to the difficulty of cleaning an impacted tooth, they need to be removed in order to prevent decay. For these reasons, the smart move is to have your wisdom teeth removed.

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