Extractions – Don’t panic, we offer sedation.

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DONT PANICA dental extraction may be required for a number of reasons

  1.  It may be due to severe decay where there would not be enough of the sound tooth remaining to rebuild a tooth.
  2. If there is severe infection it may not be possible to save the tooth with root canal treatment.
  3. Unfortunately, in today’s economic climate, patients may not be able to afford to have root canal treatment. In this case, extraction may be the only option. However, this is always a short term saving, as the cost of replacing the tooth is always higher than the cost of the root canal treatment. Please ask about our payment plans if you find yourself in this situation. We can spread the costs of treatment and help you avoid extractions.
  4.  For orthodontic treatment to create space. With new treatments such as Fast Braces, extractions for orthodontics are becoming less and less common.
  5. The tooth may have lost all of it’s bone support because of gum disease, making the tooth very loose and uncomfortable. Unfortunately, when gum disease has progressed to this level, extractions become the only option. Bone loss caused by gum disease happens painlessly over time. This is one of the many reasons why it is so important to attend regular dental check-ups and allow your dentist to check for the early signs of gum disease. Prevention is better than cure and a few small steps can help you keep gum disease at bay.
  6.  Wisdom teeth start appearing from 18 years of age and often there is not enough space in the jaw for the teeth to come through properly. The wisdom teeth may even be angled in such a way that makes it impossible for them to come through. The gum around these wisdom teeth can get infected and cause swelling and pain. Again, these teeth won’t disappear, and your dentist will need to take x-rays and advise you about extractions. You may need to be referred to a Specialist Oral Surgeon for removal of these teeth. At Mullingar Dental, we have our own visiting Oral Surgeon, Dr. Justin Maloney, so we can take care of more complicated oral surgeries.

Why have the tooth extracted?

A tooth that requires extraction should be extracted as soon as possible to keep infection from spreading to other areas of your mouth. If you are considering travelling, please have your wisdom teeth checked before you head off, as it can be difficult and expensive to get treatment abroad. The last thing you want is to be running around Vietnam looking for a surgery that can extract your wisdom teeth!

What is the procedure for extractions ?

For teeth that are visible in the mouth and where the root formation is straightforward on xray, we would perform a routine extraction. We start by getting the tooth numb with the Wand, our pain free numbing device. You will feel a small amount of pressure as we ease the tooth out, but you should not feel pain.

If the tooth is very badly broken, or the roots are very long and curved, or it is a wisdom tooth, we will need to do a surgical extraction . You may be referred to the oral surgeon for this. While this makes it sound more serious, you absolutely shouldn’t feel worried. We just want to make sure you get the best care, so we would send you to Dr. Maloney to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible for you. Generally it should feel similar to a routine extraction, but if we feel it will be difficult for you we will suggest having the procedure done under sedation.

What to do to speed recovery?

Take painkillers as prescribed by your dentist.

After 24 hours rinse your mouth gently with salt and warm water several times a day to reduce swelling and pain.

Change gauge pads before they become soaked in blood.

Relax and rest after surgery – avoid physical activity.

Avoid smoking.

Eat soft foods.

Do not lie flat- use extra pillows to prop your head up.

Avoid rubbing the area with your tongue.

Carefully brush your teeth and tongue.

If pain persists, it may mean that you have a dry socket. Please contact us on 0449340370 for advice.