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Teeth Extractions

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Teeth Extractions in Chilliwack, BC

Tooth extraction is a relatively quick procedure that is performed by your dentist under a local anesthetic. Extractions are employed in cases of excessive tooth decay and tooth infection when a tooth cannot be saved. Teeth may also be removed in the case of overcrowding which affects the alignment and function of the teeth. A common procedure is wisdom teeth removal in teenagers, where the new teeth can cause overcrowding or form badly.

Types of Procedure

During a simple extraction, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. They will then use an instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth and use forceps to remove it. A surgical extraction is more involved and uses either a local anesthetic or an intravenous anesthetic, so you remain conscious or a general anesthetic that will put you to sleep. The dentist will cut into your gum and remove the bone around the tooth before it is extracted.

What is The Recovery Time For an Extraction?

It usually takes a few days to recover from a tooth extraction. After the extraction, your dentist will recommend placing an ice pack on your cheek to help reduce the swelling. Leave the gauze in place for a few hours after the procedure and bite down on the pad to reduce bleeding. Follow directions for prescribed medications and manage the pain by taking over-the-counter painkillers. It is important to reduce physical activity for the first few days to prevent further bleeding.

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