When does a tooth need to be removed?
At Pointe-Claire dental we are committed to your oral health and will always try to save and preserve your natural teeth however in some situations extractions may be required.
A tooth may have to be extracted when it is damaged due to trauma or severe decay and is not restorable; there is an infection worsening or spreading to other teeth, or in cases when there is not enough space for the tooth in the mouth - as in the case of most wisdom teeth. A patient may also require extractions of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign®.
How is a tooth removed?
Before pulling the tooth, the dentist will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. The procedure will depend on the tooth and its position in your mouth.
Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth and require only the use of instruments to elevate and/or grasp the visible portion of the tooth. Teeth that are not easily accessed will need a surgical procedure.
Surgical extractions almost always require an incision and sutures. Sometimes, the tooth may be split into multiple pieces to facilitate its removal. Bleeding is common during the first hour post-extraction while the blood clot forms in the socket, but normally decreases quickly as time passes. The socket will gradually fill in with soft gum tissue over a period of one to two months.
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Tooth extraction in Pointe-Claire West Island
Dr. Galvis, dentist in Montreal west Island, does dental extractions very often. He strongly recommends the use of PRGF® (Plasma rich in growth factors) as part of surgical extractions. It accelerates the recovery and healing process of the bone and surrounding tissues and lessens the risk of infection or any other post-surgical complication. When considering a dental implant to replace the extracted tooth, PRGF® will accelerate the bone integration around the implant.
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