Tooth Extractions in Ottawa, ON

There are plenty of reasons why you may need to have a tooth removed. Sometimes  a tooth extraction is necessary to restore over-crowded teeth, and other times it’s because a tooth was severely damaged or infted. With today’s technology, you don’t have to fear pain or a lengthy recovery. Nowadays, having a tooth removed is a fast and easy process. At Dow’s Lake Dental, our tooth extraction procedures are safe and comfortable.

When is it Required?

Most tooth extraction procedures are performed on teeth that are broken, improperly aligned, or impacted. Unfortunately, sometimes extractions are required to avoid more serious complications. For instance, when your wisdom teeth erupt, they can cause serious oral health problems including infection, impaction, misalignment, and damage to neighbouring teeth. In other cases, severely decayed or diseased teeth may also need to be extracted. We’ll make every attempt to save your tooth with more conservative options such as root canal therapy. However, sometimes a tooth extraction is the only way to restore your oral health.

What to Expect?

During a tooth extraction procedure, our dentists will provide a local anesthetic to numb the area. If you’re having wisdom teeth removed or more than one tooth extracted, we’ll likely recommend sedation. If you choose dental sedation, you’ll need a driver to take you home.

Once the tooth is removed, your dentist will have you bite down on a cotton pad to help stop the bleeding and encourage the formation of a blood clot. Depending on your individual needs, sutures may be needed to close the socket.

Recovery typically lasts a few days and Dr. El-Hawary recommends that you eat soft, room temperature foods, and utilize ice packs to help reduce pain during your recovery period. Your dentist will also recommend pain medication and recovery methods that can help you heal quickly. We’ll also educate you on tooth replacement options so you can enjoy a complete smile again soon.

Dr. El-Hawary at Dow’s Lake Dental Clinic will ensure your tooth extraction is a smooth and gentle experience. For more information about our extraction process, contact us to schedule a consultation appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth Extractions

How long does a tooth extraction take?


Tooth extractions take about 20 to 40 minutes per tooth. Following the procedure, the healing period typically takes 7 to 10 days. If you’ve had multiple teeth extracted, or experience any complications, it may take longer to heal. 

Prior to receiving your restoration such as a dental implant, bridge, or denture, you’ll want to wait 6 to 8 weeks for the swelling to completely diminish so that you can ensure a good fit on your restoration.


What are the aftercare instructions following a tooth extraction?

Following a tooth extraction, you’ll want to follow a few tips to facilitate healing and protect the site, including:

-Avoid strenuous exercise

-Avoid smoking and using a straw for 72 hours

-Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as Ibuprofen and apply ice as needed to address any discomfort and swelling

-Chew away from the extraction site

-Limit your diet to soft foods and avoid any foods or beverages that are too hot or cold


What do I do if the site of my extraction becomes infected?

If your extraction site becomes infected, contact our office right away by calling (613) 406-6464. We’ll arrange for you to see Dr. El-Hawary at your earliest convenience. In addition to following any recommendations by our dentist, there are a few ways you can prevent infection and optimize healing, including:

-Rinse with warm saline solution following the procedure

-Avoid touching the area

-Chew away from the extraction site

-Avoid smoking for the first 24 hours

-Avoid strenuous exercise that can disrupt the blood clot

If you experience any green or yellow pus in the area, have a fever, or the area becomes warm to touch, you’ll want to contact our Ottawa office right away so that we can examine the area and ensure your extraction site is free of infection.



Are tooth extractions painful?


Prior to the procedure, Dr. El-Hawary will numb your tooth and the surrounding area to ensure you won’t feel a thing throughout the treatment. To ensure you comfortable throughout the procedure, we also offer dental sedation.

We’ll be in close communication with you throughout the process to ensure you’re pain-free. Following the procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort, but this can be treated with ice and over-the-counter pain relievers such as Ibuprofen to address pain and swelling.