Why do would I need teeth removed?
- You might need teeth removed for orthodontic appliances
- You might have problematic wisdom teeth
- You might have decayed or painful teeth
Either way we can help you, our dentists are trained to be gentle and to make you as comfortable as possible.
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Before the tooth removal
Your dentist will take an X-ray of the area to help plan the best way to remove the tooth. They will check your medical histroy to make sure that you’re fit and well to have the tooth removed.
If you are having wisdom teeth removed, you may need to have a panoramic X-ray. This X-ray takes a picture of all of your teeth at once.
Your dentist will be checking:
- The relationship of your wisdom teeth to your other teeth
- The upper teeth’s relationship to your sinuses
- The lower teeth’s relationship to a nerve in the jawbone that gives feeling to your lower jaw, lower teeth, lower lip and chin. This nerve is called the inferior alveolar nerve.
- Any infections, tumors or bone disease that may be present.
There are two types of extractions:
A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. General dentists commonly do simple extractions. In a simple extraction, the dentist loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. Then the dentist uses an instrument called a forceps to remove the tooth.
A surgical extraction is a more complex procedure. It is used if a tooth may have broken off at the gum line or has not come into the mouth yet. Surgical extractions commonly are done by oral surgeons. However, they are also done by general dentists. The doctor makes a small incision (cut) into your gum. Sometimes it’s necessary to remove some of the bone around the tooth or to cut the tooth in half in order to extract it.
How is a tooth removed?
During a tooth extraction, you can expect to feel pressure, but no pain.
What happens afterwards?
Your dentist will ask you to bite on a gauze swab to stop the bleeding, they will check the site before you leave and give you an aftercare pack with information to take away with you.
What happens before a tooth is removed?
You will need to come in for an examination before we remove any teeth. In this appointment we would go through your medical history, take any necessary x-rays, provide you with a written treatment plan and discuss the costs and treatment with you. There are two types of extractions so its important for us to get a plan in place.
What happens during a tooth extraction?
We will make you as comfortable as possible before the treatment begins. Using local anaesthetic the tooth will be removed, this ensures you will not be in pain, however some pressure will be felt during the treatment.
We will then make sure the bleeding has stopped and your feeling ok before you leave. Some mild pain killers can be taken.
Post-operative instructions will be given to you and discussed.
What if I’m in pain after the tooth removal?
Some swelling and bruising is natural after a tooth has been removed. However if you feel the pain is getting worse or the socket will not stop bleeding, please contact us straight away, we are always here to advise and help you.
We always take our time to put you at ease and making sure that you are happy is our top priority.