Tooth Extractions at Sydney Dentist Clinic
Tooth extractions are not very popular with patients or dentists. For one, many people fear that tooth extractions are painful. You don't feel anything when you get your tooth extracted. But more importantly, a tooth extraction means that you will never have that tooth again, and this is something that dentists want to avoid.
A dentist's first goal is always to save your tooth, so extractions are a last-option scenario. Unfortunately, in some cases the tooth just cannot be saved. When this occurs, a tooth extraction becomes necessary.
When Do Dentists Extract Teeth?
There are some fairly common scenarios for extracting teeth:
- Gum disease
- Too much damage to save tooth
- Broken and/or cracked beyond repair
- Painful positioning
- Decay is too extensive
- Broken below gum line
- Aesthetic reasons
- Tooth doesn't function properly
Are All Tooth Extractions the Same?
Depending on the problem with and location of your tooth, there are two different extraction methods which are used:
- Simple Extractions: Simple extractions are exactly what they sound like: simple. This is when you can see the tooth and it can be accessed easily. A dentist performs this procedure by numbing the tooth with local anesthetic, loosening and removing the tooth without any pain. These heal quickly on their own.
- Surgical Extractions: These take place if the tooth is below the gum line, has not emerged or a gum has grown over the tooth. Surgical extractions are performed by oral surgeons. The healing process is lengthy so it is typically sped up by stiches.
In both cases, you will be prescribed pain medication for after the anesthetic wears off. You might also be instructed to wash your mouth with salt water rinse, apply ice packs, take antibiotics and other specific instruction, always follow these to the letter. You shouldn't smoke or drink through a straw for one week after the extraction. Most extractions require a follow up visit one week later.
Don't Wait for Tooth Extractions
The quicker that you get to your dentist, the more likely it is he or she can save your tooth. If an extraction is necessary, getting there sooner rather than later is the difference between a simple and surgical extraction. If you have a tooth that is in pain or broken, call (02) 8279 2282 or click here on the button below and make an appointment online with Sydney Dentist Clinic to see if the tooth can be saved before resorting to tooth extraction.