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Tooth extraction - will it be surgery?
Tooth extractions are a process where a tooth is removed from the mouth. If severely broken down or buried in the jaw, surgery will be required. This is achieved by cutting away the gum and bone tissue and then lifting the tooth out of the bone.
Tooth extractions are often required for wisdom teeth, impacted teeth, crowded mouth, teeth that suffer from severe tooth decay, gum disease (such as periodontal disease), painful baby teeth or permanent teeth that have sustained excessive damage. In some cases where the affected area isn't responding to antibiotics or RCT (root canal therapy), you may require tooth extraction.
What is it?
Tooth extraction is a permanent, irreversible procedure. One of our friendly dental team will administer a local anaesthetic and then work to gently remove the tooth. Sometimes a surgical extraction is required and this is done through small incision (cut) into the gum tissue next to the teeth. Sometimes the surrounding bone may also need to be removed for the tooth extraction process. With local anaesthetic, you will not feel pain.
In more complicated tooth extractions, called a surgical extraction, your dentist may administer intravenous (IV) anesthesia (local anesthesia or general anesthesia) which will put you to sleep during the extraction of the affected teeth. This helps to greatly minimise discomfort during your dental extraction procedure or oral surgery. Surgical extractions are a more complex procedure used for teeth that may have broken off at the gum line or for teeth that have not yet grown into the mouth.
Once a tooth is removed, the jaw bone and gum edges heal over the tooth extraction site. The bone then remodels and often reduces in size. A blood clot may also form inside the tooth socket. You should avoid disturbing this blood clot as if disturbed, it may cause a painful condition called a 'dry socket'. With time, the remaining teeth can drift into the open space, pushing against other teeth and changing your bite and appearance.
Depending on your oral health the dentist may suggest dental implants to replace the missing tooth or missing teeth. Wisdom teeth do not require replacement.
After your tooth extraction, your dentist will provide you with a recovery plan. This will usually involve eating soft foods and staying away from solid foods, using sterile gauze pad to stop bleeding taking painkillers as prescribed. Your dentist may also recommend you to relax for the next few days after the tooth removed. Prolong bleeding can happen after an extraction, particularly adult teeth. To combat this, change gauze pads and hold for 30 mins.
As with all dental procedures, there are some risks and side effects that may occur after a tooth extraction. Swelling, excessive discharge, infections, severe nausea and other side effects may occur after the procedure. Numbness is also more common with wisdom teeth. If you experience any of these in the days following your tooth extraction, consult your dentist immediately.
At Maylands Dental Centre, we have skilled in-house dental surgeons who are extremely experienced with both surgical and non surgical dental extractions for patients who require wisdom tooth extraction and tooth removal due to severe tooth decay. We endeavour to make this relatively uncomfortable experience both efficient and pain free!
Some things to be mindful of with tooth extraction:
- Often the gap left by extracting a tooth requires replacement with another restorative option such as a denture, bridge or implant. These treatments can be more expensive in the long term than keeping the tooth through RCT (root canal therapy) and final restoration.
- Every tooth extraction is different, from a simple extraction to more complex surgical extractions. The fee for having the extraction performed ranges from $175 to $450 per tooth.
Ultimately the decision to maintain your tooth will be yours, but our friendly dentists will be there to support you no matter what you decide. Our dentist team will help you understand the prognosis and specifics of your tooth so that you can make the best decision based on your own personal circumstances and risk factors.
Please note any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks (example: wisdom teeth extraction). Before proceeding, we recommend you discuss these matters with an appropriately qualified health practitioner/ dentist first or seek a second opinion to discuss your medical history and any previous medical conditions.
The Australian Dental Association strongly urges Australians to have their dental surgery/dental emergency treatment in Australia, as the benefits far outweigh the risks.