Tooth extraction isn’t on the top of anybody’s list, but sometimes it’s absolutely necessary to maintain good dental health. Modern dentistry has made this procedure a painless experience, and with the advances in tooth replacements, you’ll feel like you never lost your teeth in the first place.
When a tooth is too damaged, it can no longer be restored back to its normal functionality. In this case, tooth extraction is the best option available to you. Leaving a damaged tooth in the mouth can cause further issues for other teeth and deteriorate the general health of your mouth. Whilst tooth extraction is generally seen as the last resort, it is clear that there are benefits to undertaking this kind of treatment.
Tooth extraction is almost always conducted with a local anaesthesia, which eradicates any pain from the surrounding gums. The tooth is removed by gently widening the socket in the gum that it sits in, and pulling it out of the gum. Sometimes a stitch is used to help the empty socket to heal quickly. Whilst this is the most common type of extraction, there are slight variations depending on the specific circumstances.
If a tooth extraction is necessary, we will talk you through the best way to carry out the procedure for your circumstance. Only once you are comfortable with the treatment plan, will we proceed. Normally a local anaesthetic will be injected into the gum surrounding the tooth to remove any chance of pain or discomfort. However, occasionally a general anaesthetic or sedative will be used if you’re suffering from dental anxiety or your extraction procedure is more complicated than normal. Regardless of your pain relief, we will make sure that it has taken full effect before starting the tooth extraction.
The tooth extraction itself, involves gently widening the pocket (this is the hole in the jaw in which the tooth sits) and extracting the tooth. Usually the extraction can happen in one movement but occasionally the teeth will have to be broken up into several pieces and removed individually. Once the tooth is extracted, we will stitch the pocket if that is needed to aid its healing. After the procedure, we will talk you through the best ways to look after area of the extraction, this might involve using specialised mouthwash or a course of antibiotics. Normally, a treatment plan will be decided to fit a replacement tooth.
Benefits of Tooth Extraction
Tooth extraction helps to maintain the overall health of your mouth, whilst this is usually due to an overly damaged tooth, there are a number of dental issues that extraction corrects, including:
- Severe tooth decay
- Gum disease
- A broken tooth
- An abscess (an area where pus collected in the gums)
- Crowded teeth
- Impacted wisdom teeth (a tooth that hasn’t broken through the gumline)