Tooth Extractions in Calgary SE

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Gentle Tooth Extractions

Whether you require a tooth extraction due to decay, infection, trauma, or overcrowding, our experienced dental team is committed to providing gentle and compassionate care throughout the procedure.

We take the time to thoroughly explain the extraction process and answer any questions you may have so you feel informed and prepared. Our team also uses modern dental technology and techniques to make the procedure efficient and comfortable.

Why Are Tooth Extractions Necessary?

There are many reasons why a tooth extraction may be necessary, such as severe decay, gum disease, trauma, or overcrowding. Wisdom tooth removal is a common type of extraction, as wisdom teeth tend to overcrowd or increase the risk of oral problems.

Our team will evaluate your individual situation to determine if a tooth extraction is the right option for you.

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The Extraction Process

The extraction process will depend on the complexity of your case, but our team will help you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. 

During your initial consultation, our dental team will evaluate your oral health and determine if an extraction is necessary. We may take X-rays or other diagnostic images to help guide the procedure.

Preparation & Extraction

Before the extraction, we will numb the area with a local anesthetic to help minimize discomfort. We may also offer sedation options if you experience dental anxiety or have a complex case.

Our experienced dentist will gently remove the affected tooth, using specialized tools to loosen and remove it from the socket. In some cases, we may need to make an incision to access the tooth.

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Aftercare & Follow-Up

After the extraction, we will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for the extraction site to promote healing and prevent infection. This may include using an ice pack to reduce swelling, avoiding hard or sticky foods, and practicing good oral hygiene.

We may schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor your progress. If necessary, we can also discuss options for replacing the extracted tooth, such as a dental implant or bridge.

To ensure that your tooth extraction heals successfully, follow these instructions carefully:

Post-Op Instructions & Tips for Extractions

We want you to be well-informed before your appointment, allowing you to prepare, feel confident, and make arrangements to promote a speedy recovery. 

It’s normal to experience some discomfort for a few days following a tooth extraction. In most cases, the discomfort gradually decreases. If you have questions about your recovery, we encourage you to reach out to us.

Please contact us if you experience:

  • Heavy or increased bleeding
  • Persistent or worsening discomfort/swelling beyond 2–3 days
  • An unpleasant taste or odor in your mouth
  • Any adverse reaction to the prescribed medication
  • Noticeable (high), persistent fever

We’re here to address any questions or concerns you may have. Your well-being is our top priority.

During the First 24 Hours

Blood clots form on the extraction site to stop bleeding, reduce discomfort, and speed healing. Here are some helpful tips so patients can help protect the clot and avoid dry socket (when the clot is lost or is poorly formed).

Bite on a gauze pad firmly for 20–45 minutes. The gauze helps protect the extraction site. It’s normal to see some oozing or mild bleeding. If oozing is profuse, replace with a clean gauze pad after 1 hour. The extraction spot can ooze for as long as 24 hours.

Relax and rest. Limit yourself to calm activities. Elevate your head with pillows when you lie down to help slow bleeding. Numbness can last 2–4 hours after your procedure, so give yourself time to rest.

Follow recommended pain management instructions. It’s advisable to take medication before the anesthesia wears off to alleviate any discomfort. Your doctor may prescribe a medication regimen for 3–5 days.

Reduce swelling with ice. Apply an ice pack to the affected area for 20 minutes on, followed by a 20-minute break. To protect your skin, use a clean cloth as a barrier between the ice and your skin.

After the First 24 Hours

Once 24 hours have passed, you can gradually begin to eat normally, when it’s comfortable. Resume your brushing and flossing routine, but be gentle around the treated area for about a week. If you have sutures, they typically dissolve naturally within 2–3 weeks. In some cases, patients may require a visit to the office for removal of any stubborn stitches after 2 weeks.

Continue taking any prescribed medications. If antibiotics were prescribed, make sure to complete the full course of treatment, even if all symptoms and signs of infection have subsided.

Apply heat to promote healing. While ice can help reduce swelling, using heat appropriately can speed recovery. By applying moist heat for 20 minutes on, then 20 minutes off, you can alleviate soreness or swelling. Typically, you’ll notice a decrease in swelling after 48 hours.

Rinse with warm saltwater. Salt possesses natural disinfectant properties. After 3 days, you can gently rinse with warm saltwater to further reduce swelling. Mix about one teaspoon of salt per glass of warm water. Rinse 2–3 times a day for the week following the extraction.

Avoid These Activities to Promote Quicker Healing

Protect your clot by avoiding these activities:

  • Don’t spit, and don’t suck on candies or through a straw. 
  • Don’t rinse your mouth.
  • Don’t brush or floss next to the site. 
  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco for at least 72 hours.
  • Don’t sneeze or cough. Use sinus or allergy medication if necessary. 
  • Don’t drink hot, carbonated, or alcoholic drinks. 
  • Avoid hot or spicy foods. 

We also recommend you drink plenty of fluids (not through a straw) after numbing has subsided.

How to Know if You Have Dry Socket?

Dry socket may occur when the blood clot dissolves or gets dislodged prematurely, typically between day 3 and day 5. The condition can cause throbbing or aching discomfort, which usually subsides naturally within 3–5 days. If severe discomfort persists beyond day 5, please contact our office.

It’s possible to experience the emergence of a bone fragment, which works it’s way out from your gums from the extraction site. This is normal and, without any additional symptoms, won’t affect your recovery. If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

Replacing Missing Teeth

If you require a tooth extraction, our team can also provide options for replacing the missing tooth, such as dental implants or bridges. We will work with you to determine the best solution for your unique needs and goals.

Sedation Options

For patients who experience anxiety or fear related to dental procedures, we offer sedation options to help you feel relaxed and comfortable throughout your extraction procedure.

Contact Us for Your Tooth Extraction Consultation

Schedule your tooth extraction consultation today. Our compassionate and experienced team in Calgary SE is here to provide you with high-quality care throughout your procedure.

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  • Calgary, Alberta T3M 2J6

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