An extraction is the complete removal of a primary (baby) or permanent (adult) tooth. An extraction can be done as either a routine or a surgical procedure. A routine verses a surgical extraction depends on: the difficulty of the extraction, how badly the tooth is impacted or erupted, if it is infected by decay or its proximity to the nerves.
Extractions are required for a variety of reasons, including advanced gum disease, an abscessed tooth, a tooth that is too decayed to be saved, a tooth that has broken at the gum line, or an impacted tooth such as a wisdom tooth.
The space left open after an extraction must be occupied by a temporary or permanent bridge, an implant, or a complete or partial denture to keep your teeth from shifting and causing further complications.
In complicated cases, you may be referred to an Oral Surgeon.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Hastings Family Dental offer wisdom teeth extractions, depending on the severity of your particular case. Patients with severely impacted wisdom teeth may be referred to an Oral Surgeon. If you are taking medications, this procedure will be delayed accordingly. We can provide “Sleep Dentistry” as an optional technique, to make you feel more relaxed and comfortable.
Not only can Wisdom Teeth be painful, they can also cause problems with the rest of your teeth. If not removed they can cause crowding, misalignment, position issues, and Ankylosis, which is caused when the roots of an impacted tooth fuse to the surrounding bone. It is in your best interest to remove your wisdom teeth as early as possible.
Most tooth extractions require about 20 to 40 minutes to complete. However, there are several circumstances that may influence the length of your procedure. Factors that are considered include how many teeth are being removed, where they’re located, and the difficulty of the removal. At your initial consultation, our doctors will examine your oral health and recommend the best course of action with a timeline of your extraction plan.
After getting a tooth extracted, it’s important to rest for the first 24 hours and meticulously follow your aftercare instructions. Failure to do so may result in possible complications during the healing process, which is the most crucial period. Our doctors ask that you avoid touching the surgical site, keep the gauze in for several hours, and apply a cold compress to relieve pain and swelling.
Recovering from a tooth extraction varies from patient to patient based on their individual case. Generally, a full recovery can take as little as seven to ten days with good oral hygiene and care. This means following your aftercare instructions to help speed up the recovery process and prevent your risk of complications.
We’ll provide you with dental sedation so you won’t feel pain during the extraction, relieving any worries you may have. It’s safe and effective, and a member of our staff will be with you every step of the way to ensure you feel completely comfortable. After surgery, you may experience mild discomfort or pain, but we’ll prescribe pain medication for your recovery.