TOOTH EXTRACTION

Safe and smile process to remove unwanted teeth

Why Is Tooth Extraction Necessary?

Diamond Dental provide the best care and treatment to ensure you enjoy the best oral health.

We consider tooth extraction to be the last resort and help you take steps to prevent this before it becomes a necessity where the prognosis is too poor to let the tooth remain.

Several reasons could lead to your tooth needing to be extracted. Regular check-ups and good oral health can help prevent this. Some of the reasons leading to tooth extraction becoming necessary include:

INFECTIONS

If the decay has already reached the pulp (centre of the tooth containing bloods vessels and nerves), microbes from the mouth can penetrate the pulp leading to infection. If the infection is severe or too large, an extraction may be the only solution.

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OVERCROWDING

In the recent past, dentists removed teeth to prepare the mouth for braces. At Diamond Dental we believe that tooth removal should be avoided at all costs unless all other options have been explored and deemed unsuitable.

WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL

Wisdom teeth removal is required when they erupt in an area which cannot fully accommodate them. Wisdom teeth removal becomes necessary when:

  • Where pain is recurring within a 6 month period which resulted in antibiotic use
  • Where the position of the wisdom tooth is causing surrounding teeth to collect bacteria because the area is out of reach to maintain good oral health

BROKEN TEETH

A broken tooth might be unsuitable for restoration where only a small part remains. Such teeth can lead to collection of bacteria and therefore their removal becomes necessary.

MOBILE TEETH

If you have moving teeth, this maybe a result of bone loss due to severe gum disease.

How is tooth removal performed?

In order to ascertain if a tooth needs removing, we will taker an x-ray of your mouth and then decide if an extraction is necessary. Before the treatment, you will be given local anaesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding gum. Dependent on how far the tooth has come through the gum, a small incision maybe needed to access the tooth. Your tooth may be cut into smaller pieces to make the extraction easier. During the procedure you shouldn’t experience any pain but you may feel pressure as your dentist rocks the tooth to widen the socket enabling easier removal.

Once the tooth has been removed, dissolving stitches maybe used to close an incision if one was made. In rare cases you may be prescribed antibiotics if you have an ongoing infection.

You are advised to avoid drinking hot liquids, smoking and alcohol and strenuous physical activity for up to 24 hours following the surgery.

Tooth extraction

Benefits of tooth extraction

  1. Relieve you from pain caused by a damaged or infected tooth
  2. Save the rest of your teeth and stop the spread of decay and disease
  3. Although tooth removal is not the ideal solution, the lost tooth can be bridged with dentures or an implant

Tooth Extraction FAQs

The first step in tooth extraction is numbing the area by injecting local anaesthesia. An alternative to this is using a numbing gel to make things more comfortable. During the extraction itself, little to no sensation is felt.

Once the treatment is complete, we will give you instructions on what you should and shouldn’t do to avoid complications. 

We advise against smoking after the procedure because it can cause different complications. Smoking can also cause formed blood clots to unsettle, resulting in a painful dry socket. The blood clot is vital for the healing process.

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