When periodontal (gum) treatment or restoration procedures such as root canal therapy, crown and fillings have not begun early enough to save a tooth, it may need to be extracted.
Tooth extraction procedures today are far less painful than ever before, thanks to powerful anaesthetics and sedative procedures. In many cases, a patient who has a tooth extracted experiences little or no discomfort and minor bleeding.
Before a tooth is extracted, the area surrounding the tooth is numbed with a topical/paste anaesthetic, before an injectable anesthetic is selected.
Precautions following the procedure are essential to ensure that infection or a “dry socket” doesn’t occur. A sheet with post-operative instructions will be given on the day. It is also available in the link below.
Smoking, vigorous brushing and rinsing, and drinking liquids through straws are discouraged during the post-operative period because they hinder healing and may cause the wound to open. Cold compresses applied to the outside cheek near the extraction area can help reduce any swelling and promote faster healing.
Click here to view the important Post Operative Instructions .
If you have to have a tooth removed, there are various options available to replace the missing tooth.
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that hopefully erupt normally in the late teen’s mouth. Unfortunately, many people experience problems from wisdom teeth; in most cases, this is because the teeth haven’t sufficient room to erupt. This can cause impactions, crowding, improper bites, possible painful infections as well as other problems such as decay on the next door teeth (such as in the image above, orange arrow).
At Kawana Dental, we recommend having a full mouth X-ray called an OPG during the teen years and possibly every few years after that to monitor possible wisdom teeth as well as other periodontal or jaw problems
Sometimes early elective removal is indicated to prevent later more difficult and serious complications.
Situations like this usually require a sedation technique like Twilight sleep at Kawana Dental or even general anaesthesia at the Sunshine Coast Day Hospital.