From wisdom tooth removal to pulling teeth for damage or infection, Costello Family Dentistry is the trusted source for tooth extractions in Carleton Place and surrounding communities. We'll do everything possible to make your experience as pain-free and comfortable as possible.
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Sometimes, there’s no way to save a tooth and it just needs to come out. We most often see this in the form of wisdom tooth extractions which, if otherwise left undisturbed, can push your teeth forwards and cause serious misalignment and pain. The same applies to instances when extra teeth grow in or when baby teeth don’t fall out – crowding can be bad for your dental health if left unaddressed.
Fortunately, we at Costello Family Dentistry have an ideal solution: Quick, pain-free, and effective tooth extractions! Rest assured, when you choose us, you’re in very safe and capable hands thanks to our team of experienced Hygienists and Dentists. Reach out to us to schedule an appointment, and let’s restore that smile to its best possible condition.
When Are Extractions
In addition to wisdom teeth, tooth extractions may be required when decay or infection has damaged a large portion of the bone. Sometimes, outright destruction of bone segments can occur, which can lead to all sorts of dangerous infections. Also, consider the fact that an impacted tooth or set of crowded teeth can cause inflammation, intense pain, and other problems. An extraction mitigates much of the risk by quite literally alleviating your mouth of the burden.
First off, our expert team will carefully inspect your teeth and gums to determine which areas are most at risk. We’ll also perform x-rays to confirm whether our suspicions are correct. If so, we’ll move forward and consult with you on an appropriate course of action – sometimes this may include a chance to preserve the tooth. Otherwise, an extraction will be necessary to protect against future infections, inflammation, crowding, and a less-healthier smile.
Our Carleton Place location offers same-day appointments for your emergencies. If you need a dentist near you to help you in a crisis, please do not hesitate — call us right away!
What About the Gap Left Behind?
We’re not surprised that many patients ask this same question, and we don’t blame them! However, don’t worry, as the Costello team has a range of solutions for the gaps left by the removed tooth that looks natural and will last for many years. Depending on how many teeth are extracted and the specific location in the mouth, we may opt for dental bridges, crowns, dental implants, or even dentures in rarer circumstances.
Our Focus is on Your
When you visit our Carleton Place dental office for your extraction appointment, know that we take your comfort and peace of mind very seriously. We’ll work closely with you to ensure you’re at ease and calm before, during, and after the procedure. Having a tooth removed can come as a visual shock to some, so our team is also trained in post-surgical guidance and will provide you with tips on taking care of the gapped area leading up to the installation of a permanent solution. We keep the patient comfortable and informed every step of the way.
Do you need a tooth extracted or want to sign up as a new patient? Contact us at Costello Family Dentistry today to get in touch with our dedicated and friendly team.
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Frequently Asked Questions
We get a lot of questions, naturally, about the wide range of dental services we perform here at our Carleton Place dental clinic. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions. Don't see yours answered here? Feel free to reach out to Costello Family Dentistry in Carleton Place.
After you have had an extraction, it is normal to feel some pain once the anesthetic wears off. For a few days after, it is common to experience some swelling around the empty socket and in the cheek covering the socket. Your dentist will provide you with instructions to care for the socket during the healing process.
There are several ways to speed up the healing time which your dentist will provide detailed instructions for. These may include:
- Eating softer foods.
- Avoiding smoking and spitting for 2 to 3 days.
- Not drinking through straws for 24 hours after extraction.
- Icing the affected area to sooth pain and reduce swelling.
- Eating and drinking things that are only moderate in temperature.
- Placing gauze on the area and biting down with pressure to reduce bleeding.
- Avoiding aspirin and other blood thinning medications for a few days.
- Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water instead of mouthwash.
It is also important to avoid the area when brushing your teeth for a few days to avoid re-opening the wound.
There are a few signs of infection after having a tooth removed. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor or dentist as soon as possible.
- Bleeding more than 24 hours after extraction.
- Throbbing pain that isn’t relieved by pain medication.
- Extreme swelling of the face, jaw or gums.
- Oozing pus from the extraction site.
- Difficulty opening your mouth.
- Low-grade fever that persists or increases over time.
This can vary a little bit depending on which tooth is extracted. This is because some teeth have deeper roots and others and take longer to heal. However, in most cases, patients find that the pain starts to gradually decrease after about 3 days post-procedure. If you experience severe, throbbing pain more than a week after your tooth extraction, contact us right away and book an appointment so we can assess it for infection.
Dry socket is a condition that occurs when the blood clot that forms in the socket after a tooth extraction fails to develop, becomes dislodged, or dissolves before the wound is able to fully heal. This leaves the underlying bone and nerve endings exposed and can lead to the socket becoming inflamed and increases the risk of infection. Dry socket can cause severe pain in the extraction site that also radiates to surrounding areas. Over-the-counter medications will not be strong enough to treat this pain, so it is important to see us for treatment if this happens.