A tooth extraction means your tooth must be removed. In some cases, a tooth may not be able to be saved and hence an extraction may be suggested. An extraction is normally suggested if:
– The extent of damage is beyond repair in these cases the dentist has no option but to remove the affected tooth.
– There is a risk of infection spreading to other areas of your mouth. In this case, the risk is far greater than the ache you are experiencing with the current tooth infection. The infection will almost certainly spread to other areas of the mouth causing a much more complicated condition.
– There is overcrowding of teeth. Sometimes, you may have overcrowding of teeth which means you have more teeth in an area than there is room for. This may not only cause cosmetic issues but also have functional issues. In these cases, an extraction is suggested to remove the unnecessary teeth. An extraction will also help improve your appearance in some cases
An extraction may be a simple extraction or surgical extraction. In a simple extraction, the dentist will first numb the area that is surrounding the teeth that needs to be extracted with a local anesthetic. You will have little to no sensation after the local anesthetic is given to you. The dentist will then use an instrument called an elevator to loosen the surrounding areas so that the tooth is not too firmly attached to your gums. Finally, a pair of forceps, a tongs-like instrument, is used to pull the tooth out. Please keep in mind, you may feel a little bit of pressure when this is being done. However, you will experience little to no pain while going through the procedure.
A surgical extraction is a little bit more complicated than a simple extraction. A surgical extraction maybe performed when:
– Part of the tooth is broken off and the remaining tooth is below the gumline.
– The tooth is below the gums and is not able to penetrate the gums to grow out.
– The affected tooth is too big to be pulled out at one go. In these cases, the tooth will need to be sectioned into smaller pieces and then removed.
During a surgical extraction, the dental surgeon will cut into the gumline to access the tooth. If the tooth is big, it will cut into smaller sections and then removed. The dentist will then use forceps to remove the tooth from the jaw bone. After the procedure, the dentist may use sutures to stitch any open areas of gumline. The dentist will then ask you to bite down on a piece of gauze while the blood clots.
A tooth extraction may sound scary, but in reality it is a simple procedure. Our dentist will first numb the area with a local anesthetic to reduce discomfort and then perform the extraction. We take great care in making sure you have a the most comfortable procedure. Our dentists at Bridge Road Dental Clinic, Richmond are highly skilled and are among the best dentists in Melbourne.
Your dentist will then provide you aftercare instructions to help you heal without complications. This may include instructions such as taking antibiotics or pain killers, not eating tough food, gargling with salt water and so on.