Extractions – removing problem teeth.
We focus firmly on providing the very best preventive care, but we may need to remove a tooth if it is damaged beyond repair or we need to create more space in your mouth. Reasons for a tooth extraction include:
- Gum disease – the later stages of this disease can lead to wobbly teeth.
- A damaged tooth – decay or trauma may render a tooth untreatable.
- Impacted wisdom teeth – these may not emerge properly, causing possible infection and pain.
- Orthodontic treatment – more room may have to be made prior to having a brace fitted.
- Dentures – teeth may have to be taken out to ensure a denture will fit properly.
- Eliminate pain
- Prevent infection
- Can make room for further treatment
The treatment process
- We take an x-ray and assess your teeth to determine the best method of removal.
- We numb the area, carefully loosen the tooth and remove it with dental forceps.
More about extractions
It’s important to encourage healing after an extraction by sticking to softer foods and eating on the opposite side of your mouth. Also, try to avoid very hot foods, smoking and alcohol.
Keep the site of extraction clean by rinsing gently with warm, salty water. If you experience severe pain around 3-5 days after an extraction, the clot may have failed to form or become dislodged – a condition known as ‘dry socket’. If this is the case, you should see your dentist.