Guelph Family Dentistry - Guelph

Dental Extractions in Guelph

Tooth extraction is a routine procedure that can be performed with minimal pain or discomfort.
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In Need of a Tooth Extraction?

At Guelph Family Dental, our primary goal is to address your oral health needs and avoid tooth extraction whenever possible. Early detection plays a crucial role in achieving this goal. Therefore, it is important to schedule an appointment at our Guelph dental office promptly if you experience 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 bad odour

With early detection and prompt treatment, we may be able to save your tooth and avoid extraction. However, there are certain situations where tooth extraction is unavoidable, including:

  • Baby teeth that have difficulty falling out naturally
  • Severe pain or an irreversible tooth infection
  • A broken tooth

If our dentists determine that extraction is necessary, there is no need to worry. With the use of local anesthetics and advanced dental technology, the extraction procedure is quick and relatively painless.

How Tooth Extraction Works

A tooth extraction is a straightforward, routine dental procedure that is usually performed in a single visit.

Here’s how we go about it:

Numbing the Tooth

Initially, your doctor will administer a local anesthetic to numb the gum tissue surrounding the affected tooth. This numbs the tooth, minimizing any discomfort you may feel during its extraction.

Removing the Tooth

Using a specialized surgical instrument, your doctor will gently loosen the tooth until it can be extracted with minimal resistance. In cases where the tooth is severely decayed or broken below the gumline, a small incision in the gum tissue may be necessary to fully remove the tooth. Since the tissue is numbed, any incisions made will cause little to no discomfort.

Cleaning and Aftercare

After the tooth extraction, your doctor will clean the empty socket to reduce the risk of infection. In some cases, stitches may be necessary to promote proper healing of the gum tissue.

Cost of a Dental Extraction in Guelph

With a typical insurance plan, a tooth removal usually costs about $100 — $200+ out of pocket. Without insurance, you can expect to pay approximately $200 to $600+ per tooth.

Keep in mind, no dental practice can give you an accurate quote over the phone. Because your treatment plan must be tailored to your specific needs, we can only give you an accurate quote after you schedule a visit to our Guelph dental office for an oral exam.

There are two broad categories that dental extractions fall under which may give you a better idea of what your extraction may cost and why:

Simple Tooth Extraction

A simple extraction is performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth. These can be performed by a general dentist, using local anesthesia. A simple extraction of an accessible tooth without complication would merit a lower cost estimate.

Surgical Tooth Extraction

A surgical extraction is a form of dental surgery, typically performed by an oral surgeon at a dental surgery center. This is a more complex procedure than a simple tooth extraction and involves the removal of a tooth that cannot easily be seen or reached, either because it has not fully erupted or it has broken off at the gum line. Because surgical tooth extraction requires a greater amount of consideration and care, it will cost more.

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Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

While many consider wisdom teeth removal a rite of passage, the truth is that wisdom teeth only require extraction if they become impacted or disrupt the alignment of your jaw and teeth.

With modern dental techniques and equipment, tooth extractions are virtually painless. Patients often find the procedure quick and easy. While some discomfort is normal, we will provide you with aftercare instructions to help you stay comfortable during the healing process.

About an hour after your procedure, you may remove the gauze sponges that have been placed in your mouth and have something to eat. Be sure to eat only soft foods for the first 24 hours. Be sure to avoid hot foods and drinking from straws for several hours.

We will provide you with aftercare instructions specific to your needs at your appointment. Here are some general things you can do after a tooth extraction or dental surgery more generally to minimize the risk of complications and encourage a speedy recovery:

– Avoid spitting, mouth rinsing, blowing your nose, using a straw, and smoking in the first 24 hours after tooth extraction.

– Don’t touch the extraction site with your finger or tongue.

– Avoid hot foods and drinks.

– Don’t take aspirin because it inhibits blood clotting.

– Avoid physical activities and exercise.

For simple tooth removal, the recovery time is usually around 7 to 10 days. However, for more complex cases, such as surgical tooth extraction, or wisdom tooth removal, expect a recovery period of around 2 weeks. No matter the complexity of the procedure, you should feel very little discomfort during recovery.

Assuming no unexpected issues arise, a standard tooth extraction typically takes about 45 minutes or less.

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