At Dental Arts Studio we understand that there are various reasons why you may need a tooth extracted. These include:
- Injury or trauma
- Severe decay
- Overcrowding in the mouth
In many cases, your dentist will try to save the tooth by providing treatment such as root canal therapy – but, in some cases, it can be more beneficial to remove the tooth.
Wisdom teeth are sometimes removed if they are impacted (this means that they have not fully erupted), as there is a high risk of infection and there may not be enough room in the mouth to accommodate the new teeth. This can cause undue pain and result in problems with overcrowding.
How are teeth removed?
The extraction process is fairly straightforward, but even so we recognise that having a tooth taken out may be a daunting prospect. If you are nervous or worried about the procedure, please do not hesitate to talk to us.
Before the tooth is removed your dentist will examine your mouth and take an X-ray. The area around the tooth will be anaesthetised before the procedure begins, so as to ensure you experience as little pain as possible.
During the procedure an instrument known as an elevator will be used by the dentist to loosen the tooth, after which dental forceps will be required to extract the tooth. Once the tooth is finally removed a stitch may be required to close the wound.
After the extraction
Following tooth extraction it is important that the wound is kept as clean as possible, in order to prevent any possible infection. You can expect to feel some initial pain but this can be remedied with over-the-counter pain-relief. Any symptoms of pain should abate within three days to two weeks, and applying an ice pack to the gum area during this time can also help to reduce pain.