What is a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction is the complete removal of a tooth. Depending on the complexity of the case, an extraction can be performed surgically or non-surgically. Digital x-rays will have to be taken to plan the best way to remove the tooth. A general anesthesia or conscious sedation will be used to ensure the patient is as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure.
What is the Procedure for Extraction a Tooth?
In a simple, non-surgical extraction, our dentists will loosen the tooth with a tool known as an elevator and then remove the tooth from the mouth with forceps. In a surgical procedure, our dentists may have to make an incision in the gum, cut the tooth in half or remove some of the bone around the tooth to extract it. A surgical extraction is only used when the tooth needed to be removed has broken at the gum line or has not fully erupted into the mouth yet.
Why would a Tooth need to be Extracted?
Other reasons why extractions are sometimes necessary is if a primary tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth; if the tooth has suffered extensive tooth decay or trauma that cannot be repaired; if the patient has gum disease, or if the tooth such as your wisdom teeth are impacted and can not fully erupt.
What can I expect after a Tooth Extraction?
After the procedure, patients will experience some discomfort and even inflammation, which is normal and can be controlled through medication prescribed by the dentist. The patient may have to eat soft foods during this time to prevent further discomfort and avoid smoking, using a straw or spitting, especially straight after surgery.
Know that our dentists will answer any questions you have and make sure you leave with a full understanding of how to look after your dental health after the procedure.
Are there any Risks associated with a Tooth Extraction?
There is a risk of infection after a tooth extraction, so if the swelling gets worse, you have trouble swallowing, the site begins to ooze, there is uncontrollable bleeding or any other unexpected symptoms, you should get in touch with our practice immediately.