Comfortable Tooth Extractions in Ottawa, ON
Preserve Your Oral Health
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 is severely damaged or infected.
With today’s advanced techniques and technology, you don’t have to worry about pain or a lengthy recovery. At Dow’s Lake Dental, our tooth extractions are safe and comfortable.
Reasons For Tooth Extractions
Most tooth extractions are performed on teeth that are severely damaged, improperly aligned, or impacted. Unfortunately, sometimes extractions are required to avoid more serious complications. For example, 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 infected or decayed teeth may also need to be extracted. We’ll make every attempt to save your tooth with more conservative approaches such as root canal therapy. However, sometimes a tooth extraction is the only way to restore your oral health.
Our Tooth Extraction Process
During a tooth extraction procedure, Dr. El-Hawary will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area. If you’re having wisdom teeth removed or more than one tooth extracted, we may recommend dental sedation.
Once the tooth is removed, Dr. El-Hawary 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.
Aftercare Following the Extraction Procedure
In addition to following any guidelines provided by Dr. El-Hawary, there are a few ways you can ensure a quick and safe healing period, including,
-Eat soft, room temperature foods
-Apply ice to help reduce pain and swelling
-Take over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen
We’ll also educate you on tooth replacement options so you can enjoy a healthy and complete smile again soon.
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 seven to ten days. If you’ve had multiple teeth extracted, or experience any complications, it may take longer to heal.
After the extraction procedure, you’ll want to wait six to eight weeks for the swelling to diminish so you’ll get a better fit on your restoration. Once the healing period is complete, we can begin your tooth replacement treatment. At Dow’s Lake Dental, we offer dental implants, bridges, and dentures.
What are the aftercare instructions following tooth extractions?
In addition to any guidelines provided by Dr. El-Hawary, you’ll want to follow a few tips to promote healing and protect the surgical 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 should I do if the extraction site becomes infected?
If your extraction site becomes infected, contact our office right away by calling (613) 406-6464. We’ll arrange an appointment for you to see Dr. El-Hawary at your earliest convenience. 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. We’ll examine the area to ensure the site is free of infection.
Are tooth extractions painful?
Prior to the procedure, Dr. El-Hawary will numb your tooth and the surrounding area so you won’t feel a thing. We’ll be in close communication with you throughout the process to ensure you’re pain-free. For added comfort and to relieve any stress, we also offer dental sedation.
Following the procedure, you may experience mild discomfort, but this can be treated with ice and over-the-counter pain relievers such as Ibuprofen to address pain and swelling.
Restore Your Oral Health With a Gentle Tooth Extraction
At Dow’s Lake Dental, we’ll ensure your tooth extraction is a smooth and gentle experience. For more information about our extraction process, contact our office to schedule a consultation by calling (613) 406-6464. We’ll restore your oral health so you can enjoy the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile.