Despite best efforts, sometimes it is absolutely necessary to remove a tooth or part of a tooth in order to safeguard the health of the rest of your mouth. This is the last option we will turn to but it can often be a beneficial form of treatment for teeth that are too damaged to survive. If severely decayed teeth are left in the gum for too long the decay and disease can spread causing damage to the supporting gum and bone structure and damaging surrounding teeth.
The most important part of removing a tooth or part of a tooth is ensuring the procedure is carried out effectively. That means performing the extraction with as little pain as possible, removing all affected areas and providing options for follow up treatments in order to restore full functionality to the mouth.
Our Treatments for Removal of a Tooth, or Parts of a Tooth
At dHealth Dentistry we practice a holistic form of dentistry. That means assessing all the factors behind the cause of the damage and creating a tailored treatment plan to ensure you get the possible outcome. The key to our success is in our original consultancy session. During this session we will discuss the procedure in depth with you and take into account any fears or concerns you may have to ensure our procedure is designed to allay these fears and concerns.
The consultancy session will also be used to discuss possible treatments options for tooth replacement. A successful tooth extraction procedure will not just be about removing a tooth; it will be about providing a series of options so that you can enjoy all the functionality you had before you had your tooth removed.
Here is an example of a tooth extraction procedure:
- Initial consultancy session will decide as to the type of anesthetic and pain relief techniques that will be used as well as discussing the options available for the extraction i.e. size of extraction and method of extraction
- Before the surgery begins you will be given either local or general anesthetic. As a rule of thumb local anesthetic will be used to perform a minor or part extraction and general anesthetic will be used for major extractions or for removing teeth that are embedded deeply in the gum. If you require a general anesthetic we will refer you to an oral surgeon.
- To perform the extraction, the surgeon will remove the gum and tissue that are keeping the tooth in place and gently remove the tooth. For larger teeth, such as molars and wisdom teeth the tooth will be remove in sections to reduce the trauma to the surrounding gum and tissue.
- Depending on the size of the extraction gauze or stitches will be used to protect the area from infection.
- You will be given a comprehensive home-care package so that you can recover safely at home and prevent infections and complications following the surgery.
Why Have Your Tooth or Part of Your Tooth Removed
As mentioned above, leaving decayed or damaged teeth in your gums can lead to serious problems in the surrounding gum and bone structure as well as damage to surrounding teeth. Other reasons for tooth extraction include:
- Crowded mouth: Your dentist may suggest you have a tooth extracted in order to make more room in your mouth or to prepare you for orthodontic work, such as jaw or bite alignment or braces.
- Increased risk of infection: Patients that have undergone chemotherapy or a serious surgery may have compromised immune systems. A tooth infection can have serious implications for patients with weakened immune systems so your dentist may suggest you have a risky tooth pulled in order to prevent a possible infection.
- Aesthetics: Decayed teeth can often be quite unsightly, so for aesthetic reasons you may want to have a damaged tooth removed and replaced.
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