When a tooth is too badly damaged due to decay or trauma to be repaired, the only viable option may be to extract it. This involves the total removal of the tooth from the tooth socket in the jawbone. However, you can rest assured that we will use this treatment option as a last resort after all other restoration treatment options have been considered.
What is tooth extraction?
This procedure of tooth extraction involves the total removal of a damaged or decayed tooth from the tooth socket. A blood clot will form to stem the bleeding and start the healing process. You can ensure that healing is encouraged by keeping the mouth and the tooth extraction site as clean as possible. Abstaining from smoking will increase the chances of a quick recovery after an extraction.
Why is this treatment important?
- A badly damaged tooth may be extracted if it is beyond saving using other treatments. This will prevent any long term oral problems like pain and infection.
- It may be the only way to prevent the spread of infection if the decay includes the tooth pulp and root canal treatment is not feasible.
- If a patient has a compromised immune system, as in the case of an organ transplant or is taking certain medications which suppress the body’s natural immune system, and there is a risk of infection that can have serious health consequences for that patient.
- Teeth extractions may be needed for patients about to undergo orthodontic treatments where the crowding is too severe to solve otherwise.
- Extra teeth are often extracted to allow the regular teeth to erupt normally.
- Impacted teeth can cause a host of dental problems and it is often recommended to extract them if they are prone to recurring infections, or if they are causing any risks to neighbouring teeth.
- A physical examination and an x-ray will be taken for the dentist to decide if a tooth really needs to be extracted.
- If all other treatment options have been considered and the only remaining option is to extract, a local anaesthetic will be administered. To numb the tooth and the surrounding area.
- Special tools are used to loosen the tooth and to expand the tooth socket making the extraction easier before the tooth is removed.
- Depending on the wound, stitches may be placed if needed.
- Bleeding after a tooth extraction is normal and you will be asked to bite onto a piece of gauze to stem the blood.
- Painkillers will usually be prescribed for the period immediately after an extraction.
With the proper aftercare, prompt healing is expected after a tooth extraction. A clot will form in the hours after an extraction and the gums should have completely closed over the socket in a matter of weeks.
We will ensure you are properly counselled to guarantee complete healing. You should also continue with a good regime of oral hygiene to maintain the best oral health.