Leslie North Dental

Tooth Extraction

Every day, many teens and some adults are having their wisdom teeth removed. Though this is a typical example of tooth extraction, there are many more reasons why a tooth may be extracted: trauma to the mouth, gum disease, decayed or broken teeth that cannot be restored, infected teeth that cannot be treated, overcrowded teeth, or preparation for braces are also examples of when a tooth extraction is performed.

Oral surgery can be overwhelming for patients; with modern-day technology, much of that anxious stress can quickly be resolved. Sedation methods such as Nitrous Oxide and local anesthesia allow the patient to have a painless experience.

When should I extract a tooth?

  • One of the most common tooth extraction procedure is for wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are the last teeth that erupt, and often they get stuck below the surface of the gums. If left un-extracted, these teeth lead to complications for the patient’s oral health in the future.

  • Other common reasons for tooth extraction include trauma to the mouth, gum disease, decayed or broken teeth that cannot be restored, infected teeth that cannot be treated or poorly positioned or crowded teeth.

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Frequently Asked Questions

It varies depending on the complexity of a particular case. However, the prices can go up to $160 per tooth for very complex procedures. Complicated extractions include teeth that are below the surface or broken or impacted.

  • Before the tooth extraction procedure, your dentist will take an X-Ray of your tooth.
  • Be sure to inform your dentist about all of the medications, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and supplements you are currently taking. Also, tell your dentist about any pre-existing medical conditions.
  • If you have another medical condition, in which case you will soon be treated with an intravenous drug called bisphosphonate, be sure to inform your dentist. In these cases, the extraction should be done before the bisphosphonate drug treatment begins; otherwise, your jaw may be at risk of bone death.
  • Do not smoke before the treatment.
  • Tell your dentists if you have a cold (may need to reschedule)
  • If you are given general anesthesia, be sure to have someone ride you home.
  • Tooth extractions are classified into two categories:
  1. Simple extractions
  2. Surgical extractions
  • Simple extractions involve teeth that are visible. Local anesthesia numbs the area so you feel only pressure but no pain. The dentist then uses special instruments to loosen the tooth and pull it out.
  • Surgical extractions involve a tooth that is impacted (it has not broken through the gum). In addition to local anesthesia, this procedure may also involve intravenous anesthesia, which makes you feel relaxed, and possibly general anesthesia (depending on your medical condition), in which case you will be unconscious throughout the procedure. The surgeon will make a minor incision on the gum and may need to remove some bone around it and cut the tooth into sections to extract it.
  • Usually, it takes a few days to heal from a tooth extraction. If you continue to experience pain or signs of infection after a few days, contact your dentist immediately.
  • Some tips for a swift recovery are:
  1. Immediately after the procedure, apply an icepack on the cheek area. Hold for 10 minutes at a time.
  2. After the dentist applies the gauze, bite down to minimize bleeding and help with the blood clot formation. Keep the gauze in place for 3-4 hours or until it is soaked in blood.
  3. For the next 24 hours: Rest and do not jump back into your daily routine, do not rinse your mouth, spit only gently, do not use a straw.
  4. After 24 hours have passed since extraction: rinse your mouth with a cup of water and a half-teaspoon of salt.
  5. Brush and floss teeth as normal, but avoid the extraction area.
  6. The day after the procedure, eat soft foods such as pudding, yogurt, fruit sauce.
  • As you continue to heal, slowly bring back regular foods into your diet.

Why Leslie North Dental ?

We make sure you feel like you’re at home throughout your dental treatment journey.

Professional Team

Our dentists are all recognized by leading industry organizations, and work with the best clinical partners and dental labs to provide you with top-notch dental care.

Committed to safety

We are always prioritizing your safety at every step by taking measure such as health screening, sanitization, enhanced PPE etc.

Comprehensive Dental Care

From general dentistry, dental implants and same day crown fittings, to cosmetic dentistry such as invisalign & teeth whitening at Leslie North Dental we offer the highest level of dental care.

Flexible Payment Options

In order to facilitate your dental treatments, we accept almost all the insurance coverages and we also offer installment payments for specific treatments.

What are you waiting for?

Tooth extraction, like any oral surgery, is an anxious and stressful event. That's why we start with comfort and communication. At Leslie North Dental, our state-of-the-art surgical technology will provide seamless tooth extractions with the choice of several different sedation procedures to ensure a comfortable and painless experience.