Frequently Asked Questions (Click on Questions to See Answers)
A – When teeth are extracted from the mouth, they are removed from the mouth to protect oral health from further tooth decay or gum disease.
A – When teeth are damaged due to injury, such as in sport or by accident; weak and fracture due to bone condition, poor calcium levels or stress from misaligned teeth (malocclusion); decayed due to infection in tooth root canals or gum disease; or are causing damage to other teeth and the mouth due to hereditary conditions like jaw irregularities or overcrowding from wisdom teeth; extraction may be necessary. In some cases where treatment, such as radiation, is needed for other health conditions, a tooth may have to be extracted to access the site for further treatment. Some cultures also have their own reasons and methods for extracting teeth.
A – Dentists always try to conserve existing natural teeth, but in incidences where teeth cannot be restored due to damage beyond salvage from either injury or gum diseases, such as Periodontal Disease, then a tooth should be extracted. Other cases of teeth overcrowding or wisdom teeth that can cause overcrowding give grounds for extracting a tooth. If you are concerned, our resident dentist can check your teeth to see if your teeth can be restored or if extraction is necessary. Dental guidance is recommended.
A – There is the pre-treatment stage, the actual treatment procedure and post-treatment care.
Initially, our resident dentist will discuss the whole procedure with you so that you know what to expect. Information will be taken about your current overall health condition and any prescribed medications that you take.
Any anxieties can be addressed with relaxation techniques, such as sedative options or relaxation therapy. Your teeth will be cleaned and prepared for extraction. Then a local anaesthetic will be administered, and you have choices in how this an be done before extraction occurs.
The tooth area for extraction is numbed and then an elevator tool is used to carefully widen the size of the socket around your tooth as the dentist gently draws the tooth out of the socket with forceps. Sometimes an incision is made in the gum tissue to facilitate tooth removal.
Post Extraction Treatment
As the anaesthetic wears off, there will be a feeling of discomfort in the mouth, particularly around the extraction site. Bleeding may occur during a fifteen minute interval after extraction, and the dentist will provide a cotton wool pad to bite on to for absorption until clotting occurs. If need be, the dentist will place a suture in the gum tissue to prevent further bleeding. Painkillers will be recommended to reduce any discomfort felt for a few days.
There may be tenderness and swelling in the mouth. Gentle brushing around the extraction site is recommended with soft rinsing using warm salt water. The blood clot filling the extracted tooth site should not be burst because this can result in a very painful condition called dry socket. If you experience excessive pain, bleeding and high temperature contact our resident dentist immediately for treatment.
A – A damaged tooth can spread infection, cause tooth decay or gum disease, or affect the overall tooth structure, oral form and bite that allows people to chew food, pronounce words, and smile naturally. Overall health can be impacted through disease originating as oral disease, but that spreads and affects the body causing migraines or heart disease. Lack of confidence from poor diet, speech impediments, and irregular facial form can manifest in mental health conditions. Treating teeth to avoid tooth loss or extraction is vital for oral and physical health, mental wellbeing and for financial reasons when health deterioration accumulates costs.
A – There are risks involved in tooth extraction, such as infection, dry socket or prolonged bleeding, and nerve damage. However, qualified dentists with experience are trained to deliver safe procedure in treatment. The harm from not seeking treatment for severely damaged, infected or overcrowded teeth is a far greater threat to dental and overall health, than any risks associated with dental treatment. Any risks will be discussed with you by our resident dentist who can also advise you about dental phobia and relaxation methods.
A – You can prevent the need for tooth extraction by visiting your dentist regularly for oral hygiene and dental health checks. This will help you maintain your teeth, prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and also identify any early symptoms that can result in oral, physical or mental illness. Conditions like malocclusion or overcrowding from wisdom teeth can be identified and treated early before extraction is needed to prevent further overcrowding. Injury to the mouth can be avoided by wearing mouth guards during sport, not using teeth to cut string or open lids, having calcium levels checked by medical doctors, and receiving advice about oral hygiene products and techniques for cleaning or whitening.
A – The cost of tooth extraction treatment depends on the amount of work involved for patient-specific cases, on the dental practices pricing structure and payment plans, patients' dental hygiene practices and overall health, and on how soon treatment is sought before further damage or illness occurs. Our resident dentist can explain treatments, costs and payment plans with you at your appointment.
A – Root canal treatment can save teeth from extraction, and teeth are only extracted if severely damaged or are a high risk to overcrowding and damage to other teeth. Extraction may precede treatments like dental implants as substitute root and tooth, or braces to treat teeth overcrowding or improper bite from misaligned teeth. If you have questions about treatment, contact our resident dentist who will provide you with information to make informed choices.