What happens if a tooth needs removing?

At some point, you may need a tooth removed. 

Tooth extraction is a common dental procedure. It's often simple, but there are times when it becomes complex due to the tooth condition.

Saving and restoring tooth health is our team's primary focus here at de Man & Höediono Dentistry. We only recommend removal when no other option is available.

Let's talk more about tooth removal, why you may need it, and what happens during the procedure. 

Why would I need a tooth removal?

Sometimes, a tooth can no longer be saved, so tooth removal is necessary. Here are reasons why your dentist may recommend it.

  • Impaction. An impacted tooth can make your mouth more vulnerable to infection. If a tooth is unable to erupt properly, it'll push against adjacent teeth. It's also hard to clean. This can result in decay, swelling, and pain. Impaction is common with wisdom teeth.
  • Crowding. Your orthodontist may recommend extraction to correct teeth misalignment. Removal creates space so the teeth can shift to an ideal position. If the teeth are too big for the mouth or there are too many of them, orthodontic procedures may not be possible. 
  • Infection. The tooth may no longer be restored if damage reaches the pulp and nerves. Removal may be the best option to prevent the infection from spreading. Leaving the space empty for too long may also cause the bone to recede. So your dentist may discuss replacement options as part of your individualized treatment plan. 
  • Trauma. Teeth can be damaged due to vehicular collisions or sports injuries. Removing them may be essential if they can no longer be restored. This is why dental professionals recommend the use of a custom sports mouthguard to protect teeth from major impact. 

How to determine if I need a tooth removal

We can determine whether you need tooth removal by examining the area and taking an X-ray. 

The extraction can be straightforward if the use of forceps or minimal force is enough. If the tooth is already loose and can be removed with ease, your dentist no longer needs to make sutures. 

The process is more complex and the treatment becomes surgical if the tooth is trapped beneath the gums. This requires removing gum tissue or bone. 

What to expect during a tooth removal procedure

Depending on the condition of the tooth, your dentist may give you a local anesthetic or sedation for dentistry. Inform your dentist about any pre-existing medical conditions or medications you're taking. 

You must look after the stitches and blood clots that form at the site. Stitches are usually self-dissolving. Bleeding, on the other hand, can stop sooner by biting down on gauze. Be sure to follow your dentist's post-op instructions. 

You go home after the procedure but you'll need to rest for the next 24 hours. Your dentist may also recommend switching to a soft food diet to avoid pressure on the site and promote healing. Cleaning the area is essential to prevent harmful bacteria from building up and causing infection.

You must also avoid spitting, gargling, or drinking from a straw as they can dislodge the blood clot and expose the nerves, causing pain. Your dentist may apply a dressing to protect the area. 

Considering a tooth removal procedure in Kitchener, Ontario?

Schedule a dental consultation to learn more about what you can expect if you need a tooth extraction. While removal may be the best option in some cases, leaving the space empty for too long can also be harmful.

Here at de Man and Höediono Dentistry, we take a thorough look at your oral health, medical background, and lifestyle in developing a custom treatment plan.

The usual next step after tooth removal is a tooth replacement procedure. This is crucial in avoiding bone loss and keeping surrounding teeth from shifting into the empty space. 

To learn more about tooth extractions in Kitchener, Ontario, contact us today at . We're happy to answer your questions and assist you in booking your visit.