At Sturgeon Creek Dental in Winnipeg, our dentists skillfully perform tooth extractions for wisdom teeth and teeth that are damaged beyond repair.
During a tooth extraction, your dentist removes the tooth from its socket in the bone. This surgical removal of a tooth will be reserved for cases where a damaged tooth threatens the health of your other teeth, gums and mouth.
Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars to erupt in the back corners of a normal adult mouth.
This third set of teeth is not always functional, and can crowd out other teeth as they develop. They may also cause problems with your oral hygiene. In this case, your dentist may recommend removing them.
Teeth are usually removed because they are impacted or severely damaged. Wisdom teeth may become problematic when they grow in at an angle or only partially emerge. Teeth may also sometimes be pulled to alleviate pain, or to prepare for dental procedures to come.
Before removing your wisdom teeth, we will take an x-ray of your mouth to ensure we know the exact location of your teeth. This helps us to identify the best route for removal.
The area is then numbed with injectable and/or topical anesthetic to ensure your comfort. While it is possible to use general anaesthetic for the procedure, this can make you feel ill and has a longer recovery period, so we prefer to locally numb the area.
Once the anaesthetic has taken full effect, we use special tools to gradually ease the tooth out. If necessary, we cut the gum which will then need dissolving stitches to assist in healing, however this is not in every case.
At Sturgeon Creek Dental, we are committed to saving teeth whenever possible, although sometimes teeth that have sustained extensive decay, injury, gum disease or other conditions.
In these circumstances, less invasive options are ineffective and the tooth will require extraction.
If a damaged tooth needs to be extracted, your dentist will review tooth replacement options with you.
These could include dental bridges, dental crowns and dentures to cover the area and protect existing teeth. Other options to consider include dental implants and bone grafting.
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