February 7, 2023

Why Do You Need a Tooth Extraction, and What Is the Process?

Although tooth decay is preventable, the chances of having decayed teeth during your lifetime are high. That is certainly true for a city like Winnipeg, where, according to statistics, the rate of day surgeries is 765 per 100,000 population and is significantly higher amongst children and young adults.

If you’re experiencing heightened sensitivity, toothache, swollen gums around a single tooth, or jaw pain, it’s time to book an appointment with a dentist Winnipeg, as extraction might be the only way out. They could recommend a root canal, but that only works when the tooth has not been fully damaged or there’s scope to save it.

However, if your dentist tells you that an extraction is the only way out, here are some things you should know beforehand to know what to expect. 

What happens if a tooth is infected?

If a tooth becomes infected, it can spread to other body parts. It happens because soft tissues around your tooth’s root help keep it stable and in place. The bacteria that infect these tissues can travel through them and infect nearby organs like your brain or heart, causing pain and other serious health problems.

If you’re unlucky enough to get an infection from a deep cavity under your gum line (pericoronitis), it doesn’t take much for this situation to turn into something much more severe—like meningitis or septicemia (blood poisoning). Most cases occur after the person has been treated for other infections first!

A nasty infection results in an abscess

If the infection gets too bad, it can lead to an abscess, a localized collection of pus that forms in the tissue around your teeth and then spreads through your gum line into other areas of your mouth. The condition is painful and dangerous if left untreated. Most dental emergency visits to Winnipeg clinics and hospitals involve an abscess that manifests in unbearable pain.

What happens during an extraction?

A tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that removes the infected tooth. It’s also known as an extraction socket or “tooth pulling.” The dentist will place a local anesthetic on your gums and jaw, then use special tools to remove the infected tooth.

Duration and cost of the extraction

It is a short procedure, and your doctor will likely be able to do it in about an hour. The cost of tooth extraction in Winnipeg is between 140 CAD to 375 CAD per tooth, but it might vary depending on the impact, sedation, etc.

Which anesthesia do the dentists use?

Most dentists in Winnipeg use a local anesthetic and general anesthesia (this means you’re asleep) at first. But after that, you’ll be awake during the extraction process—just like when they take out your wisdom teeth! You will be given intravenous sedatives before surgery; these drugs ensure no side effects from anesthesia or pain medications.

Steps to follow after the treatment

Rest in a recliner or chair for at least two hours. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. If there is any bleeding, apply an ice pack on the area for 20 minutes every hour until it stops, and then keep using them as often as needed until it completely stops.

Apply warm compresses to reduce pain and swell from your surgery (usually every 5-10 minutes). You can get these at most pharmacies or supermarkets in pre-measured packs with instructions on how many minutes per application is right for you, depending on how much pain relief they provide.

You should not hesitate to visit a dentist in Winnipeg if your tooth is giving you trouble, as delaying the problem will only worsen it. Moreover, you will be unable to bear the pain after a while. Usually, tooth extractions are daunting to most people. The process involves minimal pain, as your dentist takes every step to make it comfortable.

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