General Dentistry Centre

Serving the Northwest Calgary Area

General Extractions

With the exception of wisdom teeth, our goal is to save teeth! However, if we have explored all of your options and extraction of the tooth is your choice, we will do our very best to provide you with a comfortable experience.

It is important that you accurately disclose your complete medical history and tell us about any anxiety you may be experiencing about the procedure. With this knowledge, we can provide safe, managed care before, during, and after your surgery. If for any reason the surgery is beyond the level of comfort for our doctors, you will be referred to an appropriate specialist to ensure your safety and best outcome.

Will it hurt?

With the appropriate anesthesia, extractions should not hurt. You will feel slight pressure during the surgery, but adequate anesthesia will be provided to ensure that you do not feel pain.

What do I do after the tooth is removed?

Depending on the site of extraction, you can expect a hole (socket) to be left where the tooth used to be. It is especially important that you leave the site alone for the first few days. The hole will start to heal itself in approximately 6 weeks.

Instructions and an emergency phone number will be provided to you should you have any emergency questions after hours.

Some common instructions include, but are not limited to:

  • No rinsing for 24 hours after surgery
  • No spitting
  • No smoking
  • Eat soft foods and soups. Be sure to eat on the other side of extraction site
  • No sucking on straws
  • Replace gauze with a new pack every 30 minutes. To do this, fold and place over the socket and bite. Gauze will be provided.
  • Use wet black tea bags should you run out of gauze. These tea bags contain tannins, which restrict blood flow and help reduce bleeding.

Leave the area as undisturbed as possible until there is a blood clot formed.

When should I call my dentist after an extraction?

It is not uncommon to bleed at the site of the extraction for many hours after the surgery. Do not be alarmed if there is still bleeding up to 48 hours after the procedure.

Symptoms that require attention include, but are not limited to:

  • Severe, uncontrolled bleeding and pooling of blood in the mouth
  • Sharp pain 3-4 days after the surgery
  • Dizziness or weakness
  • Food impaction in the socket, causing severe pain
  • Numbness or tingling that is unresolved days after the anesthesia has worn off

For any other concerns or questions, an after-hours emergency number will be provided.