Tooth Extractions / Oral Surgery
Use of modern technology to achieve the best results possible
We understand that having a tooth removed can be an upsetting and anxious time. If possible, we′ll always try and help you save your tooth, but if removal is indicated we will do everything possible to make it as comfortable and simple for you as possible.
The most common reasons for tooth extraction is removing seriously damaged teeth because of tooth decay, a fractured or broken tooth or it may also be necessary to reduce dental crowding or the risk of infection and in the case of preparing for a denture.
Tooth extraction procedures today are far less painful than ever before, thanks to powerful locally acting, anaesthetics i.e. numbing the area around the tooth. In many cases, a patient who has a tooth extracted experiences little or no discomfort and only minor bleeding.
We′ll always make sure that the area is completely numb before removing any tooth. For difficult extractions or for severely anxious patients referral to appropriately qualified oral surgeons may be indicated where sedation or general anaesthetic may be considered.
Most tooth extractions are a straightforward procedure, followed by at-home care that includes rest and gentle care of the extraction site. Patients with extracted teeth do not normally need to take an antibiotic but at the very least patients should take precautions following the procedure to ensure that infection does not occur. Smoking, alcohol intake, vigorous brushing and rinsing, are discouraged during the post-operative period because they hinder healing and may cause the wound to open.
Your wisdom teeth normally emerge from the gum (erupt) after the ages of 17. They are the last of the large grinding teeth at the back of the mouth to emerge. Some people never develop wisdom teeth; others can have up to four - one in each corner of the mouth.
Often wisdom teeth cause no problems but sometimes there is just not enough space left in the mouth for them to emerge properly. When this happens, they are described as ″Impacted″. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling, infection or damage to the teeth next to them. If the gum around the wisdom tooth is swollen the jaw may become stiff and sore. Infection at the back of the mouth can cause bad breath and a bad taste.