Standard/Simple or Surgical Extractions
When a tooth is visible above the gum line and your dentist can easily remove it with forceps, the procedure is called a simple extraction. If a tooth is severely broken down, your dentist may need to move other structures (such as your gum and bone) out of the way first temporarily. This is called a surgical extraction and may require stitches to close the site so that it can heal properly. It is important to closely follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions to speed recovery and avoid complications.
Any tooth extraction may sound a bit daunting at first, but with today’s modern procedures and anesthesia, you have nothing to worry about. That's because, although extraction may be necessary, it doesn’t mean you have to live with missing teeth. Your dentist can provide the following restorative dental options to replace an extracted tooth:
- Single Implants
- Multiple Implants
- Implant Retained Dentures
- Standard Dentures
What to Expect with Tooth Extractions
We understand that the idea of having a tooth removed can be distressing and you may have some anxiety about visiting the dentist because of it. Our team will do everything to help you feel more relaxed and comfortable during our procedure.
Afterward, the gums around the area where the tooth was removed will be sore for some time and you will be given specific post-op instructions to ensure optimal healing. Despite this discomfort, there are several reasons why tooth extractions are recommended, including the following:
- Severely damaged teeth
- Impacted teeth (this service is often referred out to an Oral Surgeon)
- Wisdom Teeth (to prevent infection)
- Severely decayed teeth
- Preparation for dental implants
- Preparation for orthodontic treatment
- Treat overcrowding
If the wisdom teeth or impacted teeth in the back of the mouth were removed, you will need to keep the area clean and avoid eating from that side or drinking anything with a straw to protect the area while it heals. Also, if the blood clot forming over the extraction area is dislodged or removed, it can delay healing and increase the risk of infection.
If you are looking for an experienced dentist for wisdom teeth removal, tooth extractions before dental implants, or other dentistry treatments, turn to Darwin Smiles for a stress-free experience.
It is important to remember that whether you have impacted teeth or a severely damaged tooth that cannot be saved, getting timely treatment can improve your oral health. Your dentist at Darwin Smiles can determine if you need a tooth extraction. For more information, call us at 08 8981 9993.