Expert Solutions for Tooth Extractions.

At Dr. Stuart Katz and Associates, we understand that tooth extractions can be a daunting prospect. However, rest assured that our experienced team is here to provide gentle and expert care throughout the extraction process. Whether you’re dealing with a severely decayed tooth, impacted wisdom teeth, or other dental issues, our priority is your comfort and well-being. Trust us to provide personalized solutions and compassionate support to address your dental needs.

Tooth extraction burnaby
Tooth extraction burnaby

Simple tooth extraction is a straightforward procedure performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth and can be easily accessed by the dentist. This type of extraction is typically done under local anesthesia, which numbs the area around the tooth to be removed. The dentist uses specialized instruments to loosen the tooth from its socket and gently remove it. Simple tooth extraction is commonly performed on teeth that are decayed, damaged, or need to be removed for orthodontic reasons.

Surgical tooth extraction is a more complex procedure reserved for teeth that cannot be easily accessed or require additional steps for removal. This may include impacted teeth (such as wisdom teeth), teeth with extensive decay or damage, or teeth that have broken off at the gum line. Surgical extraction may also be necessary if the tooth is located in a challenging position or if there are complications during a simple extraction. During surgical extraction, the dentist or oral surgeon may need to make an incision in the gum tissue to access the tooth, remove bone around the tooth, or section the tooth into smaller pieces for removal. This procedure may be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia to ensure the patient’s comfort.

Wisdom teeth extraction, also known as third molar extraction, is a type of surgical tooth extraction specifically involving the removal of one or more wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to emerge in the mouth, typically between the ages of 17 and 25. Due to limited space in the jaw and the angle at which they erupt, wisdom teeth often become impacted, meaning they are unable to fully emerge through the gum line. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to various complications, including pain, infection, gum disease, and damage to surrounding teeth and bone. Wisdom teeth extraction may be recommended to prevent these problems and maintain oral health.

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Tooth Extractions

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about tooth extractions? Find answers to commonly asked questions below.

Tooth extractions involve the removal of one or more teeth from the mouth. They may be necessary to address issues such as severe decay, infection, crowding, or impaction.

Local anesthesia is typically used to numb the extraction site, so you should not feel pain during the procedure. Afterward, some discomfort or swelling may occur, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Recovery time varies depending on the complexity of the extraction and individual healing factors. Most patients can expect to recover within a few days to a week after the procedure.

It’s best to stick to soft foods and liquids for the first few days after a tooth extraction to avoid irritating the extraction site. Gradually reintroduce solid foods as you feel comfortable.

It’s recommended to arrange for someone to drive you home after a tooth extraction, especially if you’ve received sedation or anesthesia during the procedure.

Stitches may be necessary for certain types of extractions, such as surgical extractions or wisdom tooth removal. Your dentist will advise you on post-operative care, including whether stitches are required.

Like any surgical procedure, tooth extractions carry some risks, including infection, bleeding, and dry socket. However, these risks are minimal and can be mitigated with proper pre-operative preparation and post-operative care.

Yes, extracted teeth can be replaced with dental implants, bridges, or other prosthetic options to restore oral function and aesthetics. Your dentist can discuss the best replacement option for your individual needs.