Dental Surgery

Dental surgery may be needed to extract teeth because of infection or complications. For example, if you have gum disease that is advanced or tooth decay that has infected the tooth, you might need to have one tooth or several teeth extracted.

Impacted wisdom teeth can also cause intense pain, meaning that the only option is to have the tooth removed surgically.

Oral surgery is a speciality in dentistry and covers procedures where surgery is required. A dental professional should always carry out any tooth extraction, even if the tooth feels loose.

What should I expect during a tooth extraction?

Having a tooth taken out can feel really daunting. You may be concerned about the pain during or after, what it will feel like and what it will involve. Although every tooth extraction is unique, your dentist will go through a number of common steps:

  • 1Your dentist may start by taking an x-ray of your mouth and the affected area to clearly see the tooth that needs to be taken out.
  • 2Based on the severity of the problem and where the tooth is in the mouth, you will be given a local anaesthetic or offered sedation, particularly if you are an anxious patient or have dental phobias.
  • 3Your skilled dentist will use specialist and sterile equipment to extract the tooth or teeth with care and precision. This means your recovery can be quicker and simpler.
  • 4When having a wisdom tooth removed, you may experience swelling and discomfort after the procedure which can usually be treated with over-the-counter painkillers. Where a tooth has been extracted due to periodontitis or gum disease, you will be prescribed a course of antibiotics which will reduce the risk of further infection.
  • 5You may want to book an appointment with the hygienist in the future to discuss your oral hygiene routine and learn how to possibly avoid future issues.

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