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General and Family Dentistry

Tooth extraction

Tooth extraction is the removal of one or more teeth from the mouth.
While it is recommended that solutions be found to preserve a patient’s natural teeth, there are situations where tooth extraction is a proposed treatment, for instance, to prevent the spread of an infection.

Why a tooth extraction?

Tooth decay

When it is no longer possible to treat a tooth with decay that has spread to inaccessible areas, tooth extraction becomes a treatment option.

Periodontal disease

The tooth is held in place by the bone around it. When teeth no longer have enough bone to perform their functions (due to periodontal disease), tooth extraction becomes a possible treatment.

Lack of tooth space

Lack of space in the mouth is a common problem. The wisdom teeth are the best example of this: since they are not necessary (note that many people do not have wisdom teeth), it may be recommended to have them extracted.

Does removing a tooth cause pain and, if so, for how long?

You may experience pain in the hours and days following a tooth extraction, but it will gradually decrease. However, if the pain returns in force after a few days, it may be a sign of infection. In this case, consult your dentist.

Wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third molars located completely behind the other teeth. In most cases, these teeth grow in early adulthood and often get stuck in the remaining mouth space. As a result, they often become trapped under the tissues of the mouth, not fully erupted or misplaced, which limits their maintenance.

Frequently asked questions about wisdom teeth removal

It is not uncommon for a dentist to have to remove wisdom teeth to avoid complications or oral problems. Here are the answers to the main questions related to extracting wisdom teeth.

When should a dental surgeon remove wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth extraction might be advisable if the following problems occur :

  • Lack of space

Wisdom teeth will not have enough room in the mouth to erupt (even if they grow in straight).

  • Swelling, reddening of the tissues and pain

The positioning of the wisdom tooth makes it more vulnerable to the entry of bacteria, which infiltrate between the gum and the tooth, creating these symptoms.

  • Possibility of cavities

Like other teeth, wisdom teeth are not immune to bacteria that can cause cavities. Due to their position far back in the mouth, they are more difficult to maintain and, therefore, often more prone to decay.

Does the removal of a wisdom tooth cause pain?

The extraction of a wisdom tooth is a common operation, and techniques have greatly evolved, allowing for a quick recovery. The dentists and other professionals at Lapointe Dental Centres use every means at their disposal to make the procedure quick and comfortable.

Is it common to have an infection after the removal of a wisdom tooth?

After your wisdom teeth have been removed, if you start to feel pain again after a few days, it could be a sign of an infection (alveolitis). Even if it is benign, it is not normal and you should inform your dentist promptly, who will prescribe the appropriate treatment.

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