As a dentist, our main aim is to preserve your natural teeth and keep them healthy, sparkling and strong for as long as possible. However, in some situations, it may be in your best interest to have your tooth extracted.
There are many reasons why a dentist may suggest that you require an extraction.
You may have a tooth that has been brutally damaged by trauma or decay; or your child has a stubborn baby tooth simply won’t fall out of its own accord, even though it’s past time for it to go; or perhaps an impacted wisdom tooth that may cause trouble for you later on; you may have a nasty infection or require teeth to be removed to allow for braces treatment.
Rest assured that we make sure our patients are completely numb before proceeding with this and any other treatment. During an extraction it is normal for patients to feel pressure, unfortunately there is nothing that can be done about this, but there should be no pain. If at any time during a procedure you are not feeling comfortable or feel any pain, simply raise your hand and we will stop work immediately and do everything possible to help you.
The Process of a Tooth Extraction
Though surgery may sound frightening, it is very common and often less painful than the discomfort associated with damaged or impacted wisdom teeth or a toothache.
The first step in any extraction is an X-ray to assess the position of the impacted wisdom or decayed tooth and the condition of the surrounding bone. This will allow any possible complications to be known beforehand. Then your dentist will take a detailed medical to ensure that you are fit enough to undergo the surgery.
Thereafter your mouth will be numbed with local anaesthesia to avoid discomfort during the procedure. On some occasions, if you are particularly nervous, an oral sedative may be given before the procedure to help you relax and manage the procedure more calmly.
The dentist will test to ensure the anaesthetic is fully working and then proceed to gently remove the tooth. Afterwards a piece of sterile gauze will be placed in your mouth to help control the bleeding and your dentist will explain to you the aftercare instructions You will also be given spare gauze to take home and all the instructions will be written down to help you remember.
Dentists are finding more and more patients are having problems with their wisdom teeth. This is due to the fact that our jaws are getting smaller as we eat more refined and processed food, it is a simple case of evolution. They are called wisdom teeth as they usually don’t start coming through until we are aged between 16 to 25, when we are theoretically older and wiser.
Often there is not enough room for the wisdom tooth to come through, so they will try to erupt at all sorts of odd angles. They can put pressure on the tooth next to them, poke into your cheek or sometimes remain hiding in the bone. Many times, patients will start to experience problems when food gets trapped next to them, so it is important to make sure you keep your wisdom tooth and the gum surrounding them nice and clean. More often than not wisdom teeth that cause problems will need to be extracted.
To determine the exact position of your wisdom tooth, and how it is sitting in relation to the surrounding nerves and adjacent teeth, your dentist will require you to have a full mouth x-ray, called an OPG (Orthopantomogram).
This will help them see any potential issues that may arise during the extraction. The wisdom tooth extraction can either be the easiest or most difficult tooth for a dentist to extract. For the most part a general dentist can safely remove your wisdom tooth, but the more difficult extractions will need to be carried out by a specialist.
We are Here to Help
So, if you are having wisdom tooth problems or think you need to have a tooth removed, contact Passion Family Dental North Lakes at Unit 4/ 6 Endeavour Boulevard, North Lakes, QLD 4509 or call (07) 3465 1199 to learn more or schedule a visit today.