Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from your jaw bone. Tooth extraction usually occurs when there’s too much damage to a tooth and can't be repaired. Decay, infection and crowding are also reasons that a dentist will extract a tooth.
Tooth extraction is often performed by a dentist but in some cases you will need to see an oral surgeon to have a tooth or teeth extracted. Don’t stress. It's usually a quick procedure that's certainly different to getting a filling - but probably not as bad as you have imagined.
When you have a damaged tooth, your dentist will aim to fix it and save the tooth by using dental treatments such as root canals, crowns or fillings. If the tooth is too badly damaged then extraction is needed.
Only a dentist or specialist will be able to tell if a tooth needs to be extracted. At the first appointment they will examine and assess your teeth and mouth and recommend the best treatment option. Good oral hygiene and regular dentist visits can often prevent the need for tooth extraction.
For the consultation you won't need any special preparation, but you should have knowledge to hand about your dental and medical history.
Before surgery with intravenous or IV sedation you should:
Before having general anaesthetic at the hospital you should:
If you have had any wisdom teeth extraction procedure done:
If you’ve had surgery under sedation or general anaesthetic, you must:
It’s normal to experience some swelling and discomfort following wisdom teeth removal. We usually recommend taking a couple of days off work to rest. It’s also normal to experience some bleeding or slight oozing from the wounds after the extraction. Your dentist will give you gauze to help control the bleeding. You will need to bite down with gentle pressure for around 20 to 30 minutes if this happens.
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