The thought of an extraction can be worrying and cause anxiety. Here at Wisdom Dental Acton, we will assess the tooth and explain the full extraction procedure to put you at ease. We will carry out the procedure ensuring your upmost comfort throughout. We will provide full after care extraction advice to ease healing.
What is an extraction?
A dental extraction is the removal of teeth from the socket in the alveolar bone.
What is the reason for an extraction?
Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, but most commonly to remove teeth which have become unrestorable through periodontal disease, dental trauma, or tooth decay. They are most commonly associated with toothache & infection. Wisdom teeth can also become ‘impacted’, where they are stuck and unable to grow normally in the gum. This can cause reoccurring infections of the gum called Pericoronitis. In some orthodontic cases, if the teeth are crowded, some teeth may be extracted to create space so the rest of the teeth can be aligned properly.
What is the procedure?
The tooth is first numbed up, along with the bone and tissue surrounding the tooth. To remove the tooth, the dentist will ‘expand the socket’. To do so, the dentist will use dental elevators to widen the area around the tooth, separating it from its ligament. Once this is done, the tooth will become loose and can be removed.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom tooth extractions are done when the tooth does not come out from under the gum line in a normal manner or gets impacted.
An impacted wisdom tooth will be very difficult to clean, which is the reason why impacted teeth are more susceptible to tooth decay and other dental problems. A wisdom tooth extraction is needed to remove a decayed impacted wisdom tooth; this procedure is also done if the impacted tooth is starting to push against the neighbouring teeth, causing a lot of pain and discomfort for the patient.
The gums may need to be cut to be able to access the impacted wisdom tooth, and any tissues connecting the tooth to the bone will also be removed.
After ensuring that all of the impacted wisdom tooth has been removed, the dentist will then close the gum incision with stitches, which will dissolve on their own, or will be removed after a few days.