Modern anesthetics and powerful sedatives make having a tooth extracted much less painful than in years past. Many patients experience only minor discomfort and bleeding.
Prior to extracting a damaged or severely decayed tooth, the dentist will numb the affected area using a topical and/or injectable anesthetic, such as procaine (Novocaine) to minimize patient discomfort.
As with any wound, precautions should be taken following a tooth extraction to ensure the affected area remains clean and free of infection. Some patients may be prescribed an antibiotic.
Certain activities, such as smoking, drinking through a straw, and vigorous brushing can delay or hinder healing, or even cause the wound to reopen, and should be avoided. Apply a cold compress to the face near the area of extraction to help to reduce swelling and encourage tissues to heal more quickly.
Commonly known as “wisdom teeth”, the third and final set of molars are typically the last teeth to erupt. They are located in the upper and lower back corners of the adult mouth. Wisdom teeth can cause problems for some patients because they often erupt too closely to existing permanent teeth, crowding them and causing problems with the effectiveness of the patient’s bite.
If your wisdom teeth are causing discomfort or pain, they might be impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a very painful toothache, and if left untreated can even affect your overall health.
Some of the symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth include:
Many patients choose to have their wisdom teeth extracted before problems develop. For most patients the lack of wisdom teeth has no effect on their ability to speak, eat or bite down comfortably. For more information about wisdom teeth and tooth extractions for patients in Surrey, Langley and surrounding areas, please contact our office.