Tooth Extractions in Downtown Edmonton

Tooth extractions are dental procedures where a tooth is removed from its socket in the jawbone. This can be necessary for various reasons, such as severe decay, infection, impacted wisdom teeth, or to make room for orthodontic treatment. 

What to expect before a tooth extraction?

Before a tooth extraction, you can expect the following steps to prepare for the procedure:

  1. Consultation: You’ll have a consultation with your dentist to discuss the reasons for the extraction and the process involved.
  2. X-rays: Dental X-rays may be taken to assess the condition of the tooth and surrounding bone.
  3. Medical History Review: Inform your dentist about any medications, vitamins, or supplements you’re taking, as these can affect the procedure.
  4. Sedation Options: Your dentist will discuss sedation options with you, which can range from local anesthesia to more advanced sedation methods.
  5. Pre-Extraction Preparations: Recommendations may include resting well before the procedure, quitting smoking, and maintaining good oral hygiene.

Our dentists at Academy Dental will take the time to explain to you the instructions to ensure a smooth procedure and recovery. If you have any concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to discuss them with our team.

What to expect after a tooth extraction?

After a tooth extraction, you can expect the following:

  1. Immediate Aftercare: You’ll be asked to bite down on a gauze pad to control bleeding and promote clot formation. It’s important to keep the gauze in place for the time recommended by the dentist.
  2. Rest: You should rest and avoid strenuous activities for at least 24 hours to help ensure proper healing.
  3. Pain Management: Over-the-counter pain relievers may be recommended to manage discomfort. Your dentist might also prescribe medication if necessary.
  4. Swelling and Ice Packs: Applying ice packs to the cheek can help reduce swelling.
  5. Eating and Drinking: Stick to soft foods and avoid hot liquids for the first few days. Do not use a straw as the suction can dislodge the blood clot.
  6. Oral Hygiene: Avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully for 24 hours after the extraction to protect the clot. After 24 hours, gently rinse with warm salt water.
  7. Follow-Up: If stitches were used, a follow-up appointment might be necessary to remove them. Also, contact your dentist if you experience signs of infection or other complications.

It’s normal to experience some bleeding, swelling, and discomfort after an extraction, but these should improve within a few days. If you have any concerns during your recovery, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist.


What is the difference between a simple and complicated extraction?

The difference between a simple and a complicated tooth extraction lies in the complexity of the procedure and the condition of the tooth being removed:

  • Simple Extraction: This is performed on a tooth that is visible in the mouth and can be removed with standard instruments without the need for surgical intervention. It’s typically done by a general dentist and involves numbing the area with local anesthesia, using an elevator to loosen the tooth, and then removing it with forceps.

  • Complicated (Surgical) Extraction: This is required when a tooth is not easily accessible, such as an impacted tooth, or when it cannot be removed without making an incision. This procedure may involve removing bone around the tooth or cutting the tooth into pieces to extract it safely.

Both types of extractions aim to remove a tooth safely and effectively, but the approach taken depends on the specific situation of the tooth in question.