If you need to have a tooth extracted
Hennie and his team place a strong emphasis on the value of preventative dentistry and we’ll do all we can to help our patients to keep their own teeth for as long as possible. Sometimes, of course, a tooth becomes too badly damaged to be saved, or teeth might need to be removed due to advanced gum disease. If this happens to you, don’t worry.
Our team is highly experienced in all aspects of general dentistry, including extractions, and we’ll make sure you stay comfortable and pain-free throughout. Before the tooth is extracted, we’ll normally take an X-ray of the area to make sure we can plan the best way to remove it. We’ll also carefully examine your medical history and check on any medicines you may be taking.
Gently removing the tooth
Most extractions are simple procedures, in which the dentist first loosens the tooth, then uses forceps to remove it. Occasionally, the tooth to be removed may not be fully visible above the gum line, or may have broken off. If this is the case, your dentist will make a small incision into your gum before removing the tooth – this is called a surgical extraction. One instance where this may be necessary would be for the removal of an impacted wisdom tooth.
Whichever type of extraction you may require, rest assured that your comfort will always be our highest priority. Upton dentists are known for their gentle touch!
After an extraction
After an extraction some bleeding is to be expected, but in most cases this quickly subsides. You’ll need to avoid eating and drinking until the anaesthetic wears off and don’t do any vigorous exercise on the day of the extraction.
When might a tooth need to be removed?
Remember, at Upton Dental, tooth extraction is always a last resort. But some instances which may make it necessary include:
- If you have a severely damaged or decayed tooth which can’t be treated by other methods.
- If you have severe overcrowding in your mouth, or baby teeth which are preventing permanent teeth from coming through.
- If you have wisdom teeth which have become stuck in your jaw, or are causing pain or infection.
- There are also certain medical reasons why you might need to have teeth removed, especially if they may become a source of infection and your immune system is vulnerable.