Although they are easy to take for granted, our teeth help us eat, improve our speaking, and provide dazzling smiles that stand out in photographs. Dentists want to maintain as much integrity of your mouth as they can. Some dental problems can lead to needing a root canal or repairing minute damage. But in some cases, they cannot fix the tooth, and the gums or mouth are in jeopardy of injury, leading to dental extraction.
At Parkdale Family Dental, our experienced family dentists perform teeth removal only as a last resort when no other treatment is possible. If you are in the Parkdale area, schedule a consultation by calling (03) 9069-9652 today!
How Do I Know If I Need an Extraction?
In any situation where you are concerned about your oral health, you need to start by consulting your dentist. Because of the severity of the procedure, removal typically is only necessary in the most severe cases of cracked, damaged, or decayed teeth. In some cases, there isn’t enough tooth left to fix or attach a crown to or the cost to repair the damaged tooth is too high.
Other candidates for tooth removal are individuals with too many teeth, leading to crowding with the other teeth and creating issues. Some teeth do not have a purpose and pose misalignment and jaw issues, which can cause pressure around the other teeth, leading to infections under the gums.
What Is the Process for Removing the Tooth?
Your dentist will start by applying a local anesthetic to manage pain during the procedure. The dentist will remove the tooth by using tools to grip and loosen the tooth with a rocking motion. The tooth’s position in the gums may require removing or cutting some of the tissue around the area. We will remove the tooth in one piece or break it into smaller sections if it is a molar. The wound is then closed with stitches or left open to heal utilizing sterile cloth for blood clot promotion.
Your dentist may prescribe painkillers to ease discomfort from the surgery or suggest an over-the-counter pain reliever. We recommend periodic ice packs to reduce swelling as needed. Keep your head propped up until the wound is healed, and change out your sterile gauze before it saturates with blood.
What Are the Side Effects of Removal?
If you experience shortness of breath, signs of fever or infection, fluid around the surgery area, nausea, or vomiting, give your dentist a call right away. In some cases, tooth extraction can cause something called a “dry socket”, which means that the blood clot has come out of the wound, exposing the nerve endings. This experience can be uncomfortable, so contact your provider for further direction on pain management.
What if I’m Feeling Nervous About an Extraction?
Feeling nervous is normal, and your dentist is there to give you any information you need about the procedure. Having an experienced staff who understands the fear of this process will help you relax, knowing you are in caring hands.
At Parkdale Family Dental, we provide our patients with low-risk teeth removal, teeth whitening, and preventative care and cleanings by experienced dentists. Call (03) 9069-9652 today to schedule an appointment and get your smile back on track.