Painless tooth removal/Extractions
At SmileAxis Multispecialty Dental Clinic And Implant Centre, we are expert at saving even most hopeless teeth but nevertheless there are situation where we have to perform Tooth extractions whenever a tooth cannot be preserved and/or may cause pain or problems if not removed. Tooth removal in majority of cases can be simple and virtually painless. Sometimes where surgical removal is required, a slight amount of discomfort may be anticipated.
Tooth Extractions are done……
If a tooth is heavily attacked by decay and cavities, it may not always be possible to save the tooth with fillings or a crown.
If the root of the tooth is already attacked by cavities, an extraction of the tooth is the better solution in order to avoid further damage to the gum, tissue, and bone.
Sometimes, teeth are loosened by periodontal/gum disease. If a tooth has loosened, it is necessary to pull it out in order to stop the periodontal disease. When the tooth is gone, it is then possible to clean the area and let the bone heal properly in order to start a new treatment - for instance putting in an implant or a crown.
If a tooth is broken and cannot be saved, for example by an accident or a fall, it will have to be extracted.
Improperly erupted or unerupted/impacted Wisdom teeth
When extractions are often the first thing required to be done before getting implants, our team at Smile axis are experts at extracting teeth, it is a good idea sometimes to have the extraction done well in advance in order to let the jaw heal before starting the new treatment.
Types of teeth Extraction
There are two types of teeth extraction: simple, and surgical.
A simple extraction is preferred whenever the tooth can be seen and easily accessed, and requires only local anesthetic. Our dentist will simply grip the tooth with forceps, wiggle the tooth back and forth to loosen it, and then pull it out.
All possible measures are taken at Smile axis to prevent physical or psychological discomfort to the patient while undergoing a tooth extraction.
Counseling about the treatment plan and all following steps are explained in advance so there are no surprises at the appointment.
Injection of the anaesthesia is by special syringes which are absolutely safe and nearly painless. Only after ensuring complete numbness is the procedure started.
In cases where the tooth lies beneath the gums or is not easily accessible, such as with wisdom tooth extraction or with a tooth that has been fractured or broken off, surgical removal may be necessary.
In this case, our dentist will have to cut and pull back the gums in order to extract the tooth. This procedure may use either local anesthesia or general anesthesia, depending on the situation and the age and health of the patient. If your procedure requires general anesthesia, you will be instructed not to eat for 6 to 8 hours before surgery, and should have someone drive you, as you will not be able to drive immediately after the procedure.
A simple dental extraction will not cause much prolonged pain, and whatever pain is present can usually be treated with mild over-the-counter pain killers.
However, a surgical tooth extraction – like wisdom teeth extraction – may cause significant pain, swelling and discomfort, and our dentist will prescribe appropriate medications.
Surgical extractions will also involve a little bleeding from the extraction site inside the mouth, and you will be required to bite a piece of gauze for up to 30 minutes to allow the incision to clot. Slight bleeding may continue for up to 24 hours after the gauze is removed. You may also have swelling, which can be reduced by placing ice packs on the face and cheeks. The incisions from surgical extractions usually take up to 8-10 days to heal, and for a few weeks following the surgery, smoking and drinking from a straw must be avoided to prevent further bleeding or dry sockets.
There are risks involved with dental extractions, including
Dry socket - where there is no clot or the clot in the hole dissolves too soon, making the bone beneath the wound vulnerable to air and food particles.
Potential damage to surrounding teeth
Incomplete extractions (which can result in infections)
Holes in the sinuses
Soreness in the jaw or muscles
Nerve damage and/or numbness.
These potential risks and most serious ones are rare, nevertheless at our clinic we take utmost care to prevent any such side effects
Generally a surgical tooth extraction can be performed with no major complications, and will heal within a few weeks.
Tooth extractions are often necessary to prevent serious future problems. A successful tooth extraction will provide relief to the patient of a damaged or problematic tooth, and will prevent possible complications from the tooth left as such in the mouth.