Extractions & Wisdom Teeth Removal
We understand that tooth extractions can be daunting. Our experienced team ensures your comfort throughout the procedure. We discuss sedation and pain management options beforehand and numb the area before gently removing the tooth. Post-procedure, follow our aftercare instructions for minimal discomfort. Contact us with any questions or concerns.
What are extractions?
A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. This procedure is usually recommended when a tooth is too damaged or decayed to be repaired, or when there is not enough room for a wisdom tooth to come through properly.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last set of teeth to develop. They usually emerge between the ages of 17 and 25, and many people do not have enough room in their mouths to accommodate them. This can lead to a range of problems, such as infection, pain, and damage to surrounding teeth.
Why do I need an extraction or wisdom teeth removal?
There are several reasons why you may need an extraction or wisdom teeth removal.
Some of the most common reasons include:
A tooth is too damaged or decayed to be repaired.
There is not enough room in your mouth for a wisdom tooth to come through properly.
Your wisdom teeth are causing pain or infection.
Your teeth are overcrowded, causing misalignment or other dental problems.
What can I expect during an extraction or wisdom teeth removal?
Why do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth can cause a variety of problems such as impaction, infection, and overcrowding. In some cases, they may also grow in at an angle or partially erupt, causing discomfort and pain. Removing your wisdom teeth can prevent these problems from occurring.
Is wisdom teeth removal painful?
The procedure is typically performed under local anaesthesia, so you should not feel any pain during the procedure. However, some discomfort and soreness are common afterward, which can be managed with pain medication and rest.
What can I expect during the extraction process?
Your dentist or oral surgeon will begin by administering anaesthesia to numb the area. They will then make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the tooth and may need to remove some bone to access the tooth. The tooth is then loosened and removed, and the incision is closed with stitches.
How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?
The recovery period can vary depending on the complexity of the extraction and the individual's healing process. Most people can return to normal activities within a few days, but it may take several weeks for the area to fully heal.
Are there any risks associated with dental extractions?
As with any medical procedure, there are some risks associated with dental extractions. These can include infection, excessive bleeding, nerve damage, and dry socket. However, these complications are relatively rare and can often be prevented with proper aftercare.
What can I do to promote healing after a dental extraction?
Your dentist or oral surgeon will provide you with specific instructions for aftercare, but some general tips include resting, avoiding hot or spicy foods, not smoking or using tobacco products, and taking any prescribed pain medication as directed. You should also rinse your mouth gently with salt water and avoid using straws, which can dislodge the blood clot and delay healing.
Can I eat normally after a tooth extraction?
You may need to stick to soft foods and liquids for the first few days after the procedure. Your dentist may also recommend avoiding hard or crunchy foods that can irritate the extraction site. As the area heals, you can gradually reintroduce solid foods into your diet.
How can I prevent the need for dental extractions in the future?
Maintaining good oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice daily, flossing regularly, and scheduling regular dental check-ups can help prevent the need for dental extractions. Additionally, wearing a mouthguard while playing sports or participating in other high-impact activities can help prevent tooth damage that may require extractions.