Wisdom Teeth Extractions and Tooth Extractions in Ottawa.
A tooth may have to be extracted if it is causing you pain and discomfort. One of the possible causes for this is infection. To prevent it from spreading and harming nearby areas, the tooth may have to be removed.
Other causes requiring an extraction is when a wisdom tooth becomes impacted. This occurs when the wisdom tooth fails to erupt properly and is negatively impacting adjacent teeth, which can cause swelling, pain and discomfort.
For non-impacted molars, or wisdom teeth, before extraction is even considered, we will do everything we can to save the tooth and consider all options.
There are various reasons to have the teeth pulled/extracted:
1. teeth badly damaged due to trauma or decay
2. teeth infected through the advanced gum disease that causes it being loose
3. teeth are crowded and being prepared for orthodontic treatment
4. wisdom teeth that are impacted against other teeth
5. teeth that can have even the slightest risk of infection if you are receiving chemotherapy or having an organ transplant
It is very important to let us know your complete medical history before the extraction, that’s why your first appointment is usually a consultation when also the x-rays of your teeth will be taken.
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After the tooth was pulled the recovery will typically take couple of days.
To speed it up and to reduce the risk of infection do the following:
- Take painkillers if prescribed.
- Bite firmly on the gauze pad placed in the mouth for about 30 – 60 minutes to allow the blood cloth form in the socket.
- Apply an ice bag to the affected area 10 minutes at the time to prevent swelling.
- Avoid smoking, drinking through a straw, rinsing or spitting for 24 hours after the extraction to avoid dislodging of the cloth that forms in the socket.
- Eat soft foods such as soup, pasta, yogurt, pudding the day of the extraction.
- Prop your head with pillows when lying down.Continue to brush and floss your teeth but avoid the extraction area.
After 24 hours start rinsing your mouth gently with salt and warm water.
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