The low down on…. extractions

4th July 2016

One of the things that we most dread our dentist saying is that we have to have a tooth taken out. Not so bad when you’re young and losing your milk teeth but this can be really upsetting for an adult.

The main reassurance that we can offer is that your dentist will only do this as a last resort and in most instances there are lots of alternatives that can save a tooth. We’ll be exploring these in forthcoming blogs but for now, let’s look at why an extraction might be necessary and what to expect if you do have to have this procedure.

The most common reason that a tooth may need to be removed is if it has been damaged or there is extensive decay. Likewise, if there is significant infection and this cannot be cured by “root canal treatment”. An extraction may also be required if the mouth becomes overcrowded, or if it in a position that is too difficult to keep clean – most commonly we see this with wisdom teeth.

If a dentist has to remove a tooth, you will be given a local anaesthetic which will totally numb the area and limit any pain or discomfort during the procedure. If it is anticipated that the procedure might be particularly challenging, then a general anaesthetic may be required.

Your dentist will give you advice on what to do after the treatment. Usually, this will involve gently rinsing with warm salt water to help keep the area clean.

As ever, contact your dentist if the extraction site becomes very painful, if there is bleeding or if you have any questions relating to the treatment.

Before having a tooth removed, your dentist will discuss with you whether you should look at replacing the tooth to be taken out. There are many ways to replace a tooth including implants, bridges and dentures. Again, we will cover these in more detail in future blogs.

The message is consistent though; prevention is the best approach and you can be sure that at Coppice View we will be doing everything we can to avoid tooth loss. Speak to us to find out how we can help.


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