CARING, GENTLE & SAFE APPROACH TO TEETH REMOVAL
A tooth extraction can sound crazy scary, but our dentist and staff are amazing are highly skilled and will help you relax and reduce any discomfort throughout the process.
The process of removing a tooth from the mouth is known as an extraction. There are several ways to remove a tooth depending on the position or shape of the roots and the amount of decay in the tooth.
A simple extraction is one that the dentists is able to remove in one single piece – the crown and all of the roots.
A sectional extraction is one that the dentist requires to divide the tooth into sections of roots, this is due to the different shape or directions of the roots. This allows the roots will be taken out individually, also sparing bone around the tooth.
The last type of extraction is a surgical extraction. This type of removal is usually performed if the tooth has not come through the gum yet, or if the tooth cannot be removed by normal method due to it breaking off below the gum line.
Usually, our dentist will take an x-ray or refer you to take a large x-ray at a different centre to assess these variances and discuss the potential pathways of the extraction procedure. Losing a tooth is permanent unless replaced with an implant; therefore your dentist will always discuss options to avoid having to remove your precious teeth!
Come in today for a consultation if you have any concerns and we will happily help you with deciphering the best option.
- Some reasons for dental extractions are because a tooth is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired. Other reasons include:
- A crowded mouth – Sometimes your dentist pull teeth to prepare the mouth for orthodontics. The goal of orthodontics is to properly align the teeth, which may not be possible if your teeth are too big for your mouth. Likewise, if a tooth cannot break through the gum (erupt) because there is not room in the mouth for it, your dentist may recommend pulling it.
- Infection – If tooth decay or damage extends to the pulp (the centre of the tooth containing nerves and blood vessels) bacteria in the mouth can enter the pulp, leading to infection. Often this can be corrected with root canal therapy (RCT), but if the infection is so severe that antibiotics or RCT do not cure it, extraction may be needed to prevent the spread of infection.
- Periodontal (Gum) Disease – If periodontal disease (an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth) have caused loosening of the teeth, it may be necessary to the pull the tooth or teeth.
Some symptoms of needing a dental extraction are:
- Severe tooth pain
- Pain that worsens with pressure or chewing
- Jaw pain or stiffness
- Swollen gums around the tooth
- Presence of gum disease
However, it’s important to book for a consultation with a dentist.
At Enamel Dental Studio we take the most conservative route possible for you and your teeth, always trying to preserve as much natural teeth structure as possible.
So if a dentist tells you that there is no alternative to dental extraction, don’t despair. A missing tooth or teeth can be replaced by various types of prosthetic devices. These include dental implants, partial dentures, and various types of bridges.
No, having a tooth pulled is not painful at Enamel Dental Studio because your dentist will ensure you are fully numb before the procedure. However, it is normal to feel some pain after the anaesthesia wears off. For 24 hours after having a tooth pulled, you should also expect some swelling and residual bleeding. However, if either bleeding or pain is still severe more than four hours after your tooth is pulled, you should call 3841 6641.
Before pulling the tooth, your dentist will give you an injection of a local anaesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed.
In some instances, your dentist may use Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation (Happy Gas) This will help prevent pain throughout your body and help you stay calm through the procedure.
The initial healing period usually takes about one to two weeks. New bone and gum tissue will grow into the gap. Over time, however, having a tooth (or teeth) missing can sometimes cause the remaining teeth to shift, affecting your bite and making it difficult to chew.
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