A dental extraction (also referred to as exodontia) is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. At Queen Street Dental, we strive to ensure the extraction procedure is as painless and stress-free as possible, and we take extra care to ensure our younger patients feel safe during the surgery.
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
The most common reason for extraction is tooth damage due to breakage or decay, but there are many other reasons to remove a tooth, including:
Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth, usually under local anaesthetic. Surgical extractions involve the removal of teeth that cannot be easily accessed, either because they have broken under the gum line or because they have not erupted fully. Surgical extractions will sometimes be referred out to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to be dealt with under general anesthetic.
Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is commonly used in surgery for its anesthetic and analgesic effects. The euphoric effects it produces are temporary and disappear after five minutes, allowing you to safely drive or carry on with your daily routine.
Following the extraction of a tooth, a blood clot will usually form in the socket within an hour. Bleeding is common in this first hour, but its likelihood decreases quickly afterward and is unusual after 24 hours. The open socket takes about one week to heal.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions about having a tooth removed.