Tooth Extraction - Dentist in St. Albert - St. Albert Dentist

There are very few dental issues that would require a tooth extraction. So, in order to determine the state of your oral health, our renowned professional dental staff at McKenney Corner Dental Care will provide an extensive dental assessment to establish the extent of your dental problems. Our dentists in St. Albert prioritizes your dental needs and your comfort. We want you to walk out of our practice with a smile on your face. 


What is a dental extraction?

A dental extraction is ultimately the removal of teeth from the dental alveolus in the alveolar bone. 


What happens during a dental extraction?

During your tooth extraction procedure at McKenney Corner Dental Care, our dentists will first perform an examination of the extraction site. Next, he’ll apply local anesthesia that numbs the area of the site. He’ll gently extract the tooth using an elevator to loosen the tooth and forceps to remove it. Our sedation dentists in St. Albert will continuously ask you how you are doing throughout the procedure. 


Why do I need an extraction?

The most common reasons for a dental extraction are: 

  • Having a dental emergency in St. Albert due to great force and impact to your face and mouth; 
  • Your impacted wisdom teeth are growing out and causing you great pain. Impacted wisdom teeth are the third molars at the back of your mouth. When there’s no room for the wisdom teeth to grow, they will start to grow into the surrounding teeth and gums.
  • Misplaced teeth 
  • Tooth damage or tooth decay beyond repair, usually in preparation for dental implants or dentures.
  • Excessive bone loss due to periodontal disease 
  • Tooth mobility
  • Severe tooth infection that causes swelling and pus
  • Discoloration in the area

What are the warning signs you may need a tooth extraction in St. Albert?

Here are some symptoms to look out for that could indicate that an emergency tooth extraction is needed:

  • Severe tooth sensitivity or pain in your teeth and/or gums
  • Loose teeth
  • White fluid or pus in your mouth
  • Darkening or discoloration of your teeth
  • Painful swelling that makes it difficult for you to open your mouth

How to take care of your mouth after a tooth extraction?

It normally takes a few days for a tooth extraction site to heal. Here are some of the ways you can take care of your mouth after a tooth extraction: 

  • Apply an ice pack to your cheek directly after the procedure to reduce swelling. Use the ice pack for 10 minutes each time.
  • After the dentist places the gauze pad over the affected area, bite down to reduce bleeding and to aid in clot formation. Leave the gauze on for three to four hours, or until the pad is soaked with blood.
  • Take any medications as prescribed, including over-the-counter painkillers.
  • Rest and relax for the first 24 hours. Do not jump immediately into your regular routine the following day.
  • Don’t use a straw for the first 24 hours.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Don’t rinse for 24 hours after the tooth extraction, and spit only gently.
  • Use pillows to prop your head up when you lie down.
  • Brush and floss your teeth like normal, but avoid the extraction site.
  • The day after the procedure, eat soft foods, such as yogurt, pudding, ice cream, and applesauce.
  • After 24 hours, add a half-teaspoon of salt to eight ounces of warm water to rinse out your mouth.
  • As you heal over the next few days, you can slowly reintroduce other foods into your diet.

If you want to learn more about our extraction services, don’t hesitate to contact us or book an appointment online

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Last Updated On 2021-10-28