A dental extraction may be required for a number of reasons.
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.
What's the procedure for extractions?
For teeth that are visible in the mouth, and where the root formation is straightforward on x-ray, 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. 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 with our Oral Surgeon.
What to do to speed recovery?
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