Tooth extraction is a common procedure performed for a variety of reasons. While keeping your natural teeth is always the preferred option, there are situations where extraction may be the best or only option. Circumstances that may require a tooth extraction include:
When tooth decay or fracture has reached the point where it cannot be repaired with a filling or crown, extraction may be necessary.
If an infection has spread to the dental pulp – the center of the tooth containing nerves and blood vessels – extraction may be an option if root canal treatment is not possible or has been unsuccessful.
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are often extracted before they cause problems, such as infections, cysts or tooth malposition.
Sometimes, extra teeth can grow in and cause crowding in the mouth, or a tooth can grow in the wrong position. In these cases, extraction may be necessary prior to orthodontic treatment.
If you’re wondering “How do I know if a toothache is serious?”, it’s important to note that any pain that persists for more than two days, causes intense pain or is accompanied by fever, requires immediate consultation.
After a tooth extraction, it’s important to take certain precautions to promote rapid healing and avoid complications. Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol or eating hot food for the first 48 hours. We also recommend avoiding strenuous physical exertion.
“When can I eat after a tooth extraction?” is a question we often hear. As a general rule, you should wait at least 2 hours, or until the anesthetic has worn off, after extraction before eating. It’s best to start with a liquid diet for the first 12-24 hours and then a soft diet a few days later. Avoid foods with small seeds (quinoa, broccoli, sesame seeds, etc.) which can get stuck in the extraction site for 24 hours afterwards.
Even if a tooth extraction is considered a relatively simple procedure, it is nevertheless a surgical act and it is therefore normal to anticipate certain post-operative effects.