Dental extractions can be done for a variety of reasons.
- The tooth has decay into the nerve, and you do not want to keep the tooth by root filling it.
- Impacted wisdom teeth (these are referred to another dental practitioner)
- Broken at or below the gum line - not fixable
- Only a third of people that have orthodontic treatment require tooth removal
- Wobbly teeth due to gum disease
- Fractured through the root of the tooth
Having a tooth removed due to decay is not something anyone would want every time they see a dentist, but some people put off having their teeth checked and then end up with this as the only option. Prevention is key to losing multiple teeth, see our dental prevention page for some top tips.
We refer impacted wisdom teeth to be removed under IV sedation with several practitioners in Tauranga, for example Tauranga OMS. We also refer broken-down root-filled teeth to be removed as they are very brittle and likely to become a surgical procedure.
DENTAL EXTRACTION PROCEDURE
Local anaesthetic is placed after a numbing gel, to freeze the tooth and either side of the gum. The gum and tooth are checked and re-checked to ensure the tooth and surrounding structures are fully numb prior to tooth removal. If at any time there is any pain, we stop, check, re-apply more anaesthetic, check for numbness again and continue.
Funny noises can be heard sometimes when we remove teeth, and if the tooth is broken down or has gross decay, bits of the tooth can break off. This is very normal.
Until we start removing the tooth, we do not know how long it will take. Some people's bone that holds their teeth in place is very tough, and some is not. Plenty of time is booked for an extraction therefore it is not a rushed job, as slow and steady wins the race.
Gauze is placed onto the tooth socket and the patient bites hard onto this to achieve a blood clot. Written instructions are given to all patients - see below.
AFTERCARE FOLLOWING A DENTAL EXTRACTION
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