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 Kristine El-Atem, Dr Brodie Hill and Dr Darius Khadembaschi. 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
- Unresolved pain
Our dentists perform both simple and surgical extractions and follow up with patients to ensure the healing process progresses without complication.
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.
After your extraction, taking proper care of the surgical site will ensure prompt recovery. Fortunately, the mouth heals quickly when kept clean.
You will want to avoid brushing directly on the surgical site. You can still brush and floss the surrounding teeth while avoiding the extraction area. If you experience discomfort, an anti-inflammatory pain reliever will help keep you comfortable. You may also rinse with warm salt water to clear the area of food debris.
Smoking cigarettes and drinking through a straw can dislodge the healing tissue and lead to a painful condition called dry socket. It is best to avoid these habits as you heal.
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.