Tooth Extraction

Victoria Station Dental

Tooth Extraction

Tooth removal is usually considered when there are no viable alternatives to preserve the tooth, and the procedure is aimed at preventing further complications or improving overall oral health. If Dr. Jenny Doerksen recommends tooth extraction, she will discuss the reasons with you and explore potential replacement options to maintain functionality and aesthetics in your smile.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth that only partially emerge or lack sufficient space to erupt can lead to gum diseases, causing oral infections, tissue loss, and discomfort. A dental check-up with Dr. Jenny Doerksen can assess whether wisdom teeth removal is necessary.

Extraction offers several benefits, including:

  1. Preventing Shifting and Crowding:
    • Extraction helps prevent the shifting and crowding of other teeth, maintaining proper alignment.
  2. Eliminating Infection and Pain:
    • Removal addresses the risk of infection and alleviates associated discomfort.
  3. Reducing the Risk of Damage:
    • Extraction decreases the risk of damage to adjacent teeth and gums.

It’s important to note that wisdom teeth don’t always require removal. If they are erupting correctly and can be maintained in a clean and healthy state, extraction may not be necessary.

Tooth Replacement Options

Dr. Jenny Doerksen can guide you on tooth replacement options and discuss the pros and cons of each approach. Recommendations may include dental implants or bridges based on your unique needs.

Post-Extraction Care

Post-tooth extraction care is crucial for a smooth and effective recovery process. After the extraction procedure, it’s essential to follow Dr. Jenny Doerksen’s instructions diligently to minimize discomfort and reduce the risk of complications. Common post-extraction care practices include avoiding smoking, using straws, or spitting, as these actions can disrupt the blood clot in the extraction site. Pain-relieving medications, as recommended by Dr. Jenny Doerksen, may be used to manage any discomfort.

Applying ice packs to the affected area can help reduce swelling. Initially, sticking to a diet of soft, cold, or lukewarm foods is advised, gradually transitioning to regular foods as the healing progresses. Gently rinsing the mouth with warm salt water can aid in maintaining cleanliness.

Patients should contact Dr. Jenny Doerksen promptly if they experience worsening swelling, fever, difficulty swallowing, uncontrolled bleeding, or signs of a dry socket. Adhering to these post-extraction care guidelines promotes optimal healing and ensures a comfortable recovery.