Extractions and Wisdom Teeth
When Might I Need a Tooth Extraction?
Our dentists at Toothsavers Dentists will always try to save and restore your natural teeth whenever we can, and extraction is the last option. However, sometimes tooth extraction is unavoidable.
We might need to remove a badly infected tooth to help clear up the infection and to prevent it from spreading further. Sometimes a tooth will have lost too much of its original structure to be successfully restored, or it may have fractured right through the tooth root. We will need to remove teeth that have become loose due to gum disease. Occasionally a tooth that has received root canal therapy will become re-infected, and its removal might be the best option.
What Is the Procedure for Removing a Tooth?
We can generally remove a tooth using local anaesthetic and removal is quite straightforward and quick. Our dentist might place stitches afterwards, or we may leave the empty socket to heal naturally. Healing is generally quite fast and should be uneventful. You may feel a small amount of discomfort during the first day or two, and it can be useful to avoid chewing on that side of your mouth. We can give you plenty of advice on aftercare during your appointment, and you are always welcome to contact us if you have any further questions once treatment is completed.
Why Might I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Your wisdom teeth are the very last to come through, and by this stage, all your permanent teeth will be in position. Often there is insufficient room for another four teeth, and this can force your wisdom teeth to try to erupt underneath the adjacent teeth, or even sideways through your gums. These teeth are called impacted wisdom teeth, and the best solution is to remove them as they could damage your existing teeth. If they only partially erupt there is an increased risk of infection and decay as these teeth can be partially covered with gum tissue and will be extremely difficult to keep clean.
How Can You Tell If My Wisdom Teeth Need Removing?
We keep a close eye on the development of wisdom teeth using digital dental x-rays and will be able to tell if there is insufficient room in your jaw. If you haven’t visited a dentist for a while, then it is possible that an impacted wisdom tooth could cause pain or discomfort as it tries to emerge.
How Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
We can normally remove your wisdom teeth at Tooth Savers, under local anaesthetic. If we think removal will be more complicated, we may refer you to a local oral and maxillofacial surgeon whom we know and trust, just to ensure the procedure is as smooth and comfortable for you as possible. Afterwards, it is common to experience some discomfort, especially if you have had all four teeth removed, but most people will find healing quick and uneventful. We’ll give you lots of information on how to care for your mouth after surgery and of course we are always here to help you with any additional queries.
You can call us on (02) 4647 5555 or visit the practice at Shop 36, 11-13 Main St, Mount Annan NSW 2567.