Teeth Extractions in West Vancouver
Tooth extractions are considered when your tooth has suffered from significant decay and cannot be saved. Wisdom tooth removal is also routinely performed on teenagers when the new teeth are badly formed or cause crowding in the mouth. In either case, tooth extraction is a relatively quick and simple procedure that is performed under a local anesthetic to minimize any pain.
What Is the Tooth Extraction Process?
After administering the local anesthetic, your dentist will loosen the tooth from the gum socket using a tool called an elevator. Once the tooth is loose, they will place a pair of forceps around the tooth and pull it out of the gum. For patients who suffer from anxiety, we are happy to offer conscious sedation options for your comfort.
Care After an Extraction
Once the procedure is complete, your dentist will place some gauze on the extraction site. We recommend that you bite on the gauze for several hours to reduce any bleeding. Over-the-counter medication can help with the pain, and you should only consume soft foods for the first few days after treatment. We also recommend that you limit any physical activity for the first 10 to 14 days.