Tooth Extractions in Markham

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Markham Tooth Extraction

The prospect of having a tooth pulled can be scary.  But the truth of the matter is that having a tooth extraction is a fairly standard process, and the team at Filgiano Dentistry has years of experience performing them. We aim to be your favourite dentist in Markham – the dentists you like. With that in mind, let’s look at why you might need a tooth extraction, what’s involved in the process, and how we can give you the best experience.


Why you might need a tooth extraction

Tooth damage can happen for many reasons. Damage of any sort can lead to discomfort or other more severe issues. If a crown or a filling cannot repair the damage, you may require a tooth extraction. Here are some of the common reasons to have a tooth pulled:

  • You don’t have enough space in your mouth: A typical example of tooth extraction is pulling your wisdom teeth. You only have so much space in your mouth, and wisdom teeth can take up a lot of room, creating discomfort or complications.
  • Orthodontics: If you’re having orthodontic work done, you might need to have some teeth extracted to create space in your mouth. The clearing of the area is to give room for your teeth to shift into their permanent place.
  • Damage and decay: If a tooth is beyond repair using a filling or dental crown method, it might need to be extracted to prevent long-term problems. Similarly, if a tooth becomes infected, it might have to be extracted.
  • Baby teeth haven’t fallen out: If your baby teeth are still present when your adult teeth move in, you might require tooth extraction to make space.


Getting ready for a tooth extraction

Preparation for tooth extraction is a simple process. The team at Filgiano Dentistry is here for you every step of the way.


Before we begin extracting the tooth, we’ll take x-rays and review your dental and medical history. The x-rays tell us what shape your tooth and surrounding bone are in. It helps us determine the best way to extract your tooth. Sometimes, we’ll recommend an oral surgeon perform the job, but Filgiano Dentistry can help with most procedures.


The first step in extracting a tooth is to numb the area using a local anesthetic. If you’re seeing an oral surgeon, you might get anesthesia administered through an IV.  If you think you’re going to suffer anxiety during the procedure, please advise us beforehand to ensure you receive the appropriate medication.

  • The tooth and gum tissue are numbed for a simple extraction, and the tooth will be loosened using an elevator. Next, the tooth will be removed using dental forceps. 
  • Surgical extraction is for a tooth that hasn’t emerged from the gum or is broken at the gum line. During surgical extractions, the dentist or oral surgeon will make an incision into your gum and remove the tooth.


Following the tooth extraction

We care about you and your teeth, which is why it’s essential to follow the care instructions we give you after you have your tooth extracted.

You must keep the area where your tooth was extracted clean to help prevent infection. We might recommend that you bite gently on a piece of soft, sterile gauze following the procedure, which helps limit bleeding and lets clotting occur. 


Pain after tooth extraction

It’s normal to feel some pain and discomfort after tooth extraction. However, we’ll recommend pain relief medication. If we think it’s necessary, we can provide a stronger prescription for more robust pain relief. And of course, if you feel persistent pain or discomfort or have any questions about your recovery, you can contact Filgiano Dentistry at any time. If there’s an emergency dental service, we’ll be there to help, and if we can’t, we’ll happily refer you to someone who can.

What not to do after getting your tooth pulled

For the 24-hours following the tooth extraction, you should avoid touching the extraction site while continuing to brush the rest of your teeth. We’ll also recommend that you don’t smoke and that you avoid vigorous rinsing of your mouth for 24 hours.


What can you eat after a tooth extraction?

It’s advisable to eat only soft or liquid foods for the first few days following the procedure to avoid discomfort or complications. To help the recovery, we’ll also recommend that you avoid hot liquids and drink through a straw when possible.

We provide a friendly, comfortable environment and our staff are happy to answer any questions you might have. Whether you’re looking for a tooth extraction or a family or cosmetic dentist in Markham, Filgiano Dentistry is proud to serve our community. If you have any questions about tooth extractions or other dental inquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Our Markham dental office remains open and we continue to do more than the recommended measures to keep you safe.

It will always be our primary goal to ensure the safety and comfort of our patients and of our staff. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our Office Manager Jill at the office at 905-294-6444 and she will be happy to talk with you.