A tooth extraction may be necessary for a variety of reasons. If your tooth is damaged due to decay, your dentist will typically aim to fix it using a filling, crown or other treatment. But sometimes your tooth can be too damaged to be repaired. In these cases, a tooth extraction may be necessary.
When Do You Need a Tooth Extraction?
A dentist may need to extract your tooth out if you have:
- Severe gum disease
- A deep infection in a tooth that does not respond to antibiotics
- Crowded teeth
- A broken tooth
- Issues with a wisdom tooth
A wisdom tooth extraction may be necessary because they can become impacted when they don’t have enough space to grow properly.
What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?
If you need a tooth extraction, your dentist will give you a local anaesthetic, so you don’t feel pain. They will then use a special tool to loosen the tooth in the gum and remove it with forceps. If your tooth extraction is more complicated, you will be referred to an oral surgeon. After your tooth has been removed, your dentist will need to ensure the gum socket is clean.
Sometimes you also need a cut in the gum to help remove the tooth, meaning you may also need a stitch to close the cut. Bleeding is common so your dentist may ask you to bite on a piece of gauze to stop the bleeding. Once the anaesthetic wears off, there may be some pain which can be managed with prescribed or over-the-counter pain relief medicine. You may also need to eat soft foods and chew on the unaffected side of your mouth for a while.
Need a Tooth Extracted? Book an Appointment in Brisbane Today
If you think you may need a tooth extraction, our highly trained and experienced dentists can help. We’ll ensure the procedure is as painless and reduce any fears you may have. We also provide specialised denture services and other general dental services such as fillings and crowns in Brisbane. We can also refer you to a specialist for more complex dental issues.
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