Tooth Extractions In Edmonton, Ab

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What is a dental extraction?

A dental extraction involves removing one or more teeth because they have become too damaged to repair, or they are at risk of damaging other areas of them mouth due to infection.
person having tooth extracted

When Is A Dental Extraction Necessary?

A dental extraction, also known as ‘tooth pulling’, or ‘tooth removal’, may be necessary due to unrestorable fractures, dental decay, or infections. Dental extractions can be routine or surgical in nature. Adult Permanent Teeth have roots that were designed to help keep them attached to the bone and gums. Depending on the root anatomy, bone density, tooth position, and other factors, the tooth (or teeth) may be difficult to extract.

prepare for a tooth extraction

Your dentist will take an x-ray of your mouth before scheduling the tooth extraction. You should be honest about any medications, vitamins, supplements, or over-the-counter (OTC) medication you are taking.
Tell your dentist about any of the following conditions:

  • A congenital heart defect
  • Diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • Thyroid disease
  • Renal disease
  • Hypertension
  • An artificial joint
  • Damaged heart valves
  • Adrenal disease
  • An impaired immune system
  • History of bacterial endocarditis
Before pulling your tooth, the dentist will want to make sure you are in a healthy stable state before attempting the surgery, they also may or may not give you antibiotics to prepare for the extraction if:

  • Your surgery is expected to be long
  • You have an infection or a weakened immune system
  • You have a specific medical condition

Also, some helpful things to keep in mind are:

  • Don’t smoke before the surgery
  • Inform your dentist if you have a cold
  • Let them know if you experienced any nausea or vomiting.

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How Is A Dental Extraction Performed?

Different instruments and techniques are used to accomplish this procedure as safely, and comfortably as possible. It is important to select an experienced and qualified general dentist (or specialist) to perform this procedure for you.

Are there tooth extraction risks?

 There can be some risks when undergoing a tooth extraction, but their chance of happening is very small. Here are a few of them:
  • Dry socket – This happens when a tooth is pulled but the blood clot does not form or possibly dislodges. 
  • Bleeding that lasts longer than 12 hours.
  • Nausea or vommiting.
  • Cough.
  • Chest pain or shortness of breath.
  • Swelling and redness at the site of extraction.
dental appliances for operating

recovery from a tooth extraction

The healing process takes a few days. The following steps will promote a speedy recovery:
  • Apply an ice pack for ten minute intervals.
  • If the dentist gives you a gauze pad gently bite down on it to aid in blood clot formation.
  • Take the next 24 hours to rest and relax.
  • Try not to use a straw for 24 hours.
  • Do not smoke for 24 hours after.
  • Don’t rinse for 24 hours, and if you must, spit gently.
  • Make sure to use pillows when you lay down.
  • Brush floss as you normally would, but avoid the extraction site.
  • Try to eat soft foods after the procedure. 
  • After 24 hours, add half a teaspoon of salt to 8 ounces of water to rinse your mouth.
  • As you heal, slowly introduce your normal diet.
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Frequently asked questions

The cost of the extraction will depend on the level of difficulty for the procedure. Our team at Smiles Dental Group will direct bill your insurance plan whenever possible, and as usual, all of our fees are always BELOW the Alberta Fee Guide. Contact us for a cost estimate or to schedule your appointment.

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