If your tooth is damaged or badly decayed and can’t be repaired with a filling or crown; it could be recommended to remove (extract) the tooth as a last resort. When your tooth cannot be saved, tooth removal may be the best option for you. There are many reasons for teeth extraction, below some of them:
- Severe tooth cavity
- Gum disease that would lead to the tooth mobility and bone loss
- Tooth fracture that would appear in the root
- Severe swelling around the tooth and gums with inflammation on the root
- Crowded teeth and due to the orthodontic reasons
- Wisdom tooth removal due to the ongoing issues
Usually, tooth extraction is carried out by the General Dentist; but sometimes depending on complexity of the case Oral Surgeon treatment is advised. During the procedure you would receive local anaesthetic that would block the pain; however, you still may feel a pressure. If you are very anxious dental sedation can be recommended. After the treatment you will receive detailed information for the aftercare.
General advice would be:
- Not to rinse your mouth out at least for 24 hours after a tooth removal. This could remove blood clot that has formed, and you may start bleeding again or end up with the dry socket
- After 24 hours following the procedure, please rinse gently with a salt water up to four – five times a day
- Try to eat soft food once you first have your tooth removed
- Don’t drink alcohol for at least 24 hours and don’t smoke for as long as possible to avoid healing complications and dry socket development
- Brush your teeth normally; however, try to keep your toothbrush away from the healing socket
- If you have developed any pain; bleeding or swelling following the extraction please contact us as soon as possible. We would arrange a follow up appointment for the review
- Depending on the complexity of extraction healing may take anytime between 10-14 days.
After your tooth is removed, we have several options how to close the gap:
- Dental implant. It is long-term, discreet solution for replacing missing tooth. Implant is made from the titanium screw that’s placed directly into your jawbone, replacing the missing root of your tooth.
- A dental bridge bridges a gap in your mouth and replaces a missing tooth by using a false tooth that’s bonded to the natural teeth on either side of the gap.
- Dentures are removable plastic or metal frameworks that could carry single or multiple false teeth.
Please contact Fence House Dental to make a consultation in order to discuss your individual needs.