Does your tooth need to be removed?
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone.
What are the reasons for extracting a tooth?
- The tooth is too damaged by decay to be repaired
- The tooth is too loose and the gum around it cannot be repaired
- To remove extra teeth that block others from erupting
- A child’s baby teeth doesn’t fall out in time
- To make room for teeth being shifted by braces
- The tooth could become a source of infection after an organ transplant
- Wisdom teeth may be extracted if they are decayed, cause pain, become impacted or do not come in correctly
Types of extractions
Simple Extractions: These are performed on a tooth that can be seen. The dentist will loosen the tooth with an instrument called an elevator and then remove it with an instrument called forceps.
Surgical Extraction: These are performed on teeth that have broken off at the gum line or have not come into the mouth yet. The dentist will cut into the gum in order to reach the tooth. Surrounding bone may be removed or the tooth may be fragmented in order to extract it.
After the extraction
- Mild discomfort and pain can be expected after extractions. The pain will generally last longer and be more severe with surgical extractions.
- After the extraction, you will be asked to bite on a piece of gauze for 20-30 minutes so that the blood will clot.
- If heavy bleeding occurs a while after, bite down on a cotton pad for another 10 minutes.
- Only soft and cool foods should be eaten for a few days.
Do not smoke, use a straw or spit as these actions can compromise the blood clot.
If you’re having trouble with any of your teeth please give us a call, we’d love to help. Normanhurst Dental 9989 8565
Want to know about Wisdom teeth? Here’s more information on wisdom teeth.