Dr. Richard Kofsky

Tooth Extraction

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Dr. Richard Kofsky

Tooth Extraction

Burnaby

Affordable Tooth Extraction

You and Dr. Richard Kofsky may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.

The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.

To avoid these complications, in most cases, Dr. Richard Kofsky will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.

THE TOOTH EXTRACTION PROCESS

At the time of extraction the doctor will need to numb your tooth, jaw bone and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic.

During the extraction process you will feel a lot of pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal.

You feel the pressure without pain as the anesthetic has numbed the nerves stopping the transference of pain, yet the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected.

If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction please let us know right away.

SECTIONING A TOOTH

Some teeth require sectioning. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is so firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved and the socket can’t expand enough to remove it. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections then removes each section one at a time.

AFTER TOOTH EXTRACTION

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times to staunch the flow of blood.

After the blood clot forms it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Use pain medication as directed. Call our office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

After a few days you should feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.

Common Dental Emergency we Treat at our Bunaby Dental Clinic

MY TOOTH GOT KNOCKED OUT
  • Rinse the mouth with warm water, avoid touching the area.
  • Try to place tooth back in socket without touching the root.
  • Preserve the tooth in milk. Use a tooth preservation kit or a small plastic container or a zip lock bag.
  •  Call (604)522-9818 and explain to the Burnaby Dentist or staff at Generation Dental Clinic
CRACKED, CHIPPED, BROKEN OR FRACTURED TOOTH.
  • Immediately rinse with warm water, and clean the area.
  • Use a cold pack on your face to keep the swelling down.
  •  Call (604)522-9818 and explain to the Burnaby  Dentist or staff at Generation Dental Clinic
BROKEN JAW
  • First control the swelling. Use a cold pack.
  •  Call (604)522-9818 and explain to Our Burnaby Dentist or staff at Generation Dental Clinic
  • If it is severe, Call 911 or go to the nearest hospital immediately.
TOOTHACHE
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water.
  • Use the floss to remove any food struck in between the teeth.
  • If you are existing patient, and if it is after hours, Dr. Richard Kofsky can prescribe some pain medicine.
  •  Call (604)522-9818 and explain to our Burnaby  Dentist or staff at Generation Dental Clinic
LOST CROWN
  • Do your best to preserve it, even in pieces, and bring it to our office
  • Try not to chew on the side of your mouth with the damaged tooth
  • If you eat any food, rinse with warm water afterwards.
  •  Call (604)522-9818 and explain to our Burnaby Dentist or staff at Generation Dental Clinic
SITUATION IS WORSE
  • If you experience severe pain or trauma, please do not hesitate to go to your nearest hospital or emergency room immediately. If you can’t drive or nobody else is available, call 911.

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