Tooth extractions are the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. This may sound like a frightening procedure, but it’s rather common for various reasons. The Eastgate Dental Centre team has many years of experience with Hamilton tooth extractions, and we offer our services to patients of all ages. In most cases, broken or damaged teeth can be fixed through various remedies such as fillings or crowns. Sometimes there is too much damage for simple repairs to be enough, and this is when you’ll need to get your tooth extracted.
Commonly when we think of dental extractions we think of wisdom teeth. While wisdom teeth are an appropriate reason to need extractions in Hamilton, other tooth and root problems can lead to extractions as well. Reasons to extract a tooth other than crowding from wisdom teeth include:
Badly damaged teeth that are beyond recovery
Adolescent teeth blocking adult teeth from growing in
Extensive root or nerve damage
Impacted teeth preventing the healthy growth of new adult teeth
Misplaced or misaligned teeth blocking a partial or full denture
Tooth Extraction Preparation in Hamilton
Before your Hamilton tooth extraction takes place, you will need to provide your full medical and dental history, provide a list of your medications, and take and X-ray of the area to be extracted. If you’re having wisdom teeth extractions, you may have a panoramic X-ray of your entire mouth taken to determine how your wisdom teeth are interacting with your other teeth and your sinuses.
Many factors will affect your tooth extraction process, from the type of anesthesia used to whether or not you have a cold. Take into consideration the following steps before getting extractions in Hamilton to eliminate any possibility for complications during your procedure.
Do not each or drink anything for 6-8 hours before the procedure.
Do not smoke on the day of your extraction as it can increase the risk of dry socket.
Ask your doctor what type of anesthesia you will take so you know if you should wear clothes with sleeves that roll up easily.
If you have a cough, cold or stuffy nose up to a week before your procedure, call your doctor and ask about use of anesthesia.
If you have nausea or vomiting the night before the procedure, call your doctor first thing in the morning to see if your extraction will need to be rescheduled.
Be sure to have someone available to drive you to and from your extraction, and be there during your procedure to help you follow instructions given afterwards.
Types of Tooth Extraction
There are two types of extractions: simple and surgical. Simple tooth extractions are performed on teeth that are visible in your mouth. The dentist will loosen the tooth with an instrument called an elevator, and then remove the tooth with forceps. Surgical extractions are more complex and are performed on teeth that may have broken off at the gum line or have not grown in yet. These procedures can be performed by oral or dental surgeons by making a small incision into your gum.
Types of Anesthesia
Depending on your comfort level and age, different types of anesthesia will be used during your extraction process. Types of anesthesia used during extractions include:
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing gas)
The Eastgate Dental Centre staff members are experienced in administering each type of anesthesia for both simple and surgical extractions. If you have any questions before having a tooth extraction in Hamilton, contact the Eastgate Dental Centre office.