We understand that having a tooth removed can be an upsetting and anxious time. If possible, we’ll always try and help you save your tooth, but if a removal is needed, we will do everything possible to make it as comfortable and simple for you as possible.
The most common reasons for tooth extraction is removing seriously damaged teeth because of tooth decay, a fractured or broken tooth. Unfortunately, some patients let the condition of their teeth deteriorate to such an extent that by the time they consult a dentist the teeth can no longer be saved.
Teeth can also be removed electively as part of an orthodontic treatment plan to create space in the jaws for teeth to be moved into.
Tooth extraction procedures today are far less painful than ever before, thanks to the development of effective local anaesthetics. In many cases, a patient who has a tooth extracted experiences little or no discomfort at all.
We’ll always make sure that the area is completely numb before removing any tooth. Your comfort is our priority and to this end we can offer you sedation to calm you down so that the experience is a pleasant one.
Most tooth extractions are a straightforward procedure, followed by at-home care that includes rest and gentle care of the extraction site. Following teeth extraction, it may be necessary for some patients to take an antibiotic, and at the very least, take precautions following the procedure to ensure that infection doesn’t occur. Smoking, vigorous brushing, rinsing, and drinking liquids through straws are discouraged during the post-operative period because they hinder healing and may cause the wound to open.
Your wisdom teeth normally emerge from the gum after the ages of 17. They are the last of the large grinding teeth at the back of the mouth to emerge. Some people never develop wisdom teeth; others can have up to four – one in each corner of the mouth.
Often wisdom teeth cause no problems but sometimes there is just not enough space left in the mouth for them to emerge properly. When they erupt (emerge) they are angled in all sorts of direction other than straight up, when this happens, they are described as “Impacted”. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling, infection or damage to the teeth next to them. teeth can cause pain, swelling, infection or damage to the teeth next to them.
If you have problems such as infection, cysts or tumours, tooth decay or gum disease around a wisdom tooth you should think about having it removed. If you have impacted wisdom teeth that are not causing problems you do not need to have them removed.