Tooth Extraction Surgery in Langley

At our Langley dental office, we do everything we can to protect and preserve your natural teeth. However, there are times when a dental tooth extraction is the only practical and viable option, and we want you to know what you can expect, including the do’s and don’ts for caring for the dental extraction site.

A dental tooth extraction may be necessary if there is injury or trauma, severe decay, infection, your mouth is overcrowded, or the tooth is not fixable.

Preparing for Dental Tooth Extractions at our Langley Office 

Before we can schedule a general dentistry surgery appointment at our Langley clinic for the extraction, we will first take an X-ray of the tooth and discuss your dental and medical history with the dentist. A tooth extraction may seem like a simple dentistry procedure – and it usually is – certain medical conditions, dental emergencies and other issues may cause complications down the road.

It’s important to tell the dentist about:

We should also know whether you have any of the following medical conditions:

If you have any of the above medical conditions, it’s important for them to be treated and under control before we perform any dental extractions. We may need to reschedule your surgery if any of these conditions are not under control or being treated. In some cases, we may prescribe antibiotics before the procedure.

Antibiotics are only recommended if:

Most patients will not need antibiotics prior to the extraction. Antibiotics may be recommended after the procedure to prevent infection.

Prior to the Dental Procedure

Before the procedure, it’s important to follow our instructions to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Prior to the extraction:

We will review all of these requirements before the surgery so that you know what to do and expect.

Man holding side of face because of tooth pain

What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?

In most cases, dental tooth extractions are relatively quick in dentistry but the length of time will depend on the type of dental extraction that needs to be performed:

While oral sedation is typically reserved for dental surgical teeth extractions or wisdom teeth, we encourage you to share your preferences with us. We want to make the dentistry procedure as easy and stress-free as possible, and we will do our best to accommodate your preferences.

Once your tooth has been extracted, the surrounding teeth will begin to shift and move. If left unchecked, this can lead to dental complications with chewing or jaw function in the future. We may recommend replacing your missing tooth or teeth with a dental implant, dental bridge or partial denture. We wil review the surgery and your options before the extraction.

Potential Risks if you Require Tooth Extractions

Like any other dental procedure, teeth extractions do have risks. However, this is a procedure that is commonly performed, and if our dentist recommends it, the benefits will likely outweigh the risks. Most patients at our Langley clinic have no issues with recovery or complications.

The biggest risk with a tooth extraction is dry socket, which we will cover shortly. Other potential risks include:

Please call us if you experience any of these symptoms.

Dry Socket Oral Complication

The primary concern with a dental tooth extraction is dry socket. It’s rare, but it can happen in dentistry. Only about 2%-5% of people will experience dry socket after a tooth extraction.

What is Dry Socket?

When a tooth is removed, a blood clot normally forms to protect your gums and the hole in your gums as your mouth starts to heal. Sometimes, that clot either doesn’t form or becomes dislodged. This leaves your bone exposed and can cause quite a bit of pain.

Researchers still don’t know why the clot doesn’t form for some people. Bacterial contamination from food or drink may be the culprit. The blood clot can also become dislodged while brushing (the bristles may dislodge the clot) or from trauma to the area. If left untreated, dry socket can lead to other dentistry complications, such as infection so please don’t hesitate to contact our team if you suspect you have dry socket.

Dry socket blood clot dislodged

How Do You Know if You Have Dry Socket?

One tell-tale sign of a dry socket is a throbbing pain in the jaw that just won’t go away. The pain may radiate outward to your neck or ears. Usually, the pain is only felt on the same side as the dental extraction site. Dry socket can also cause an unpleasant taste in your mouth or bad breath.

You can visually check for dry socket. While standing in front of a mirror, open your mouth and check the extraction site. If you can see a large open hole, there’s a good chance that you have dry socket. Pain will usually develop within the first few days after dental surgery, but it may develop later on.

What are the Risk Factors for Dry Socket?

Anyone can develop dry socket, but the risk is higher if:

How is it Treated?

If you are experiencing severe pain after tooth removal or wisdom teeth removal, it’s important to contact us as soon as possible. We can determine whether you have dry socket and the best course of action to take for treatment.

Dental x-rays may be needed to check for bone infection or other possible causes of your pain. If you do have dry socket, we will clean the socket. The cleaning alone should help with the pain and may help prevent infection. We may apply a medicated dental gel to numb the pain, and we may also pack the socket with gauze.

We will also provide instructions on what to do with the gauze after you get home. You may need to clean the socket again and rinse with a saltwater solution. In cases of severe dry socket, a new gauze may need to be applied at home. We may recommend taking over-the-counter pain medications to help ease discomfort from the extracted tooth. If the pain is severe, we may prescribe a painkiller.

What Happens if Dry Socket Isn’t Treated?

Although dentistry complications are rare (when treated), dry socket can cause issues if you do not see a dentist to address the problem. Dental complications can include:

What to eat after having your tooth extracted?

Post tooth extraction healthy puree
Post extraction soup broth
Fruit smoothie after a tooth extraction

What not to eat or drink after removing a tooth in our Langley clinic:

Recovery and At-Home Dentistry Care

Although tooth extraction surgery is a simple procedure (in most cases), you will still need a few days to recover. At-home care will play an important role in whether or not your dental recovery goes smoothly. Following the procedure:

If you experience pain that doesn’t fade after a few days or you’re experiencing signs of dental infection – such as fever, chills or pus – contact us as soon as possible to make an appointment.

Restoring Your Smile

When a tooth is extracted, it’s important to replace it. If you don’t replace the missing tooth, the surrounding teeth will begin to shift and move. Eventually, this can lead to chewing or jaw TMD issues that may need appliance or therapeutic Botox therapy. As a cosmetic dental office we may recommend dental implants if you are having an extraction surgery. Implants look and feel natural, which makes them a popular choice for tooth replacement.

Overall, dental implants have many benefits, including:

Because they look and feel natural, dental implants can also help you feel more confident when smiling. While there are many advantages to dental implants, they aren’t always the right choice for everyone.

Alternatives to implants can include:

At our Langley office we will discuss your options and help you determine which one will be the right choice for your dental health.

If you need a tooth extraction, we encourage you to book a consultation. During your consultation, we will answer your questions about teeth removal and review the costs.

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