Tooth Extractions in Vancouver
If your tooth is affected by extensive decay and cannot be saved, your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction. Tooth extraction is also common among teenagers who develop wisdom teeth that may crowd the mouth, form badly or grow incorrectly. In both cases, tooth extraction is a relatively fast and straightforward procedure.
What Is the Tooth Extraction Procedure?
Your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the extraction site and minimize pain. They will use an elevator tool to gently loosen the tooth from its socket and then remove it from the gums using forceps.
Sedation Dentistry Services
If you suffer from fear and anxiety due to dental procedures, we offer varying levels of sedation for your comfort.
What To Do After an Extraction
Once the extraction process is complete, your dentist will provide instructions on the appropriate care to minimize pain and allow your gums to heal.
- Your dentist will place some gauze on the extraction site. It is recommended that you bite down on the gauze for several hours to stop any bleeding.
- Take over-the-counter pain medication to help manage any pain. If your dentist prescribes antibiotics to help ward off infection, take them as requested.
- Eat only soft foods that are easy to chew for the first few days after treatment.
- Limit any strenuous physical activity for 10 to 14 days after the procedure, as physical activity may cause your gums to bleed.