Our dentists strive to save natural teeth whenever possible. Occasionally, however, removing a tooth becomes necessary for the health and comfort of our patients.
Routine Dental Extractions
As a special courtesy to our patients, we offer oral surgery services at North Brisbane Dental Clinic with our dentists Dr Georgia Sheahan, Dr Brodie Hawker, Dr Darius Khadembaschi and Dr Louise McCallum. Our gentle approach and dedication to improving patient health means your extraction can be a comfortable experience.
Reasons to Extract Teeth
We never recommend extraction lightly. We will always provide every treatment option available.
Listed here are some of the reasons teeth require extraction:
- Untreatable decay
- Split or fractured teeth
- Wisdom teeth with inadequate space
Our dentists perform both simple and surgical extractions and follow up with patients to ensure the healing process progresses without complication. While a tooth extraction is never going to be a thoroughly pleasant experience, we do take measure to make it as easy as possible, which includes proper pain relief during and after the procedure.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Most people have four wisdom teeth, but it is not uncommon to have three or fewer. Wisdom teeth, located toward the back of the jaw, are the final molars to emerge and typically do so sometime during the teens or early twenties.
As teens develop, wisdom teeth may become symptomatic. One of the most common problems that arises is that wisdom teeth do not have the space to erupt properly. This may mean that they grow in sideways, at the wrong angle, or cannot emerge completely from the gums. When this occurs, teeth are said to be impacted and will need to be removed to prevent pain or shifting of the teeth, which can lead to a misaligned bite.
Do All Wisdom Teeth Require Extraction?
In some cases, wisdom teeth emerge without complications. It is important to remember that due to their location at the very back of the mouth, special care will be required to keep these molars clean and maintain the surrounding gum tissue. Aside from impaction, other possible reasons we may recommend removal of your wisdom teeth include
- Eruption cysts
- Recurring Infection
- Damage to nearby teeth
- Inability to keep clean (resulting in recurrent decay)
After your extraction, taking proper care of the surgical site will ensure prompt recovery. Fortunately, the mouth heals quickly when kept clean.
Your dentist will give you both verbal and written instructions on how to care for your wound after a tooth extraction. These instructions may vary slightly depending on the location of the wound and whether or not you've needed stitches. The main points that are common to almost all extractions are:
- Try to leave the area alone. The less you touch the wound, the faster it will heal.
- For the first 12 hours, avoid drinking through a straw, as the suction can disturb the clot forming inside the wound, and result in a condition known as dry socket. Dry socket is a painful condition that is best avoided and causes delay in the healing process.
- After the first 12 hours, rinse your mouth with warm salty water (just tap water and table salt) a few times per day until the wound has healed. Salt water is an amazing mouth rinse, not just for extractions, but for almost any wound in your mouth.
- Follow your dentist's instructions for pain relief. The strength of pain relief medication prescribed will depend on the nature of your particular extraction.
- Do not smoke cigarettes during the healing period. (In fact, try not to smoke cigarettes at all!)
We will arrange a check-up to monitor healing and offer tooth-replacement options when applicable.
Welcoming New Patients
If you have a troubled tooth, contact our clinic to arrange an appointment. We always provide every option available and stand by the choice you make for your smile.