How do you know if you need a tooth pulled?
We can’t tell you if a tooth needs to be removed until you have an examination. Tooth pain can be unbearable and sometimes it seems like the only way to escape a toothache is to pull the tooth. We completely sympathize and want to provide you with quick relief and there may be options available to do so which also saves your tooth. Preserving your tooth will prevent even more pain and suffering in the long run and is ideal for your overall oral health.
Many people believe wisdom teeth removal is a rite of passage. In reality, wisdom teeth only need to be removed if they become impacted or otherwise interfere with your jaw and teeth.
Let us know if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Severe tooth pain
- Pain that worsens with pressure or chewing
- Jaw pain or stiffness
- Swollen gums around the tooth or teeth
- Signs of gum disease such as discolouration, bleeding or a bad odour
The Extraction Process
Step 1: Looking for Solutions
You may think extraction is the only way to find relief or feel like it is inevitable but there may be other options. The best-case scenario is to keep you healthy, relieve any pain and preserve your tooth. Before any teeth are removed we will examine you and speak to you about your options.
Step 2: The Removal Process
Based on the preference of the dentist and the patient, a local anesthetic can be used to numb the areas where the tooth will be extracted. Some patients prefer to be sedated during the procedure. We use a minimally invasive technique to remove teeth as gently as possible. We want you to feel comfortable and have a fast recovery.
Step 3: Feeling Better
You will be given aftercare instructions including how to care for your mouth as it heals, what to expect and what to do if you experience complications. You may wish to schedule a follow-up appointment. If you have any worries or concerns please don’t hesitate to call us.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dentistry is more compassionate than ever before and your comfort is important to us. We use anesthetics and sedation which suit your needs, work as quickly, precisely and gently as possible to extract your tooth and provide comprehensive aftercare so you can recover right away with full support.
You should schedule three or four days of rest or light duty after your wisdom teeth come out. Resting will minimize your risk of complications and help you heal. Full recovery takes around 2 weeks but you should feel minimal discomfort during this time.
We do offer sedation. We will discuss your comfort and pain management during your consultation.
You must ask your insurance provider if they will cover your procedure. Insurance companies that do cover wisdom teeth removal often cover a portion. After your appointment, we can provide you with a quote so that you can find out what your out of pocket costs may be.