People often have their teeth extracted due to dental problems in the past. Retention of teeth are always better than losing them, so here at Health Precinct, we take extreme care to protect your teeth for life. Every effort is made to preserve teeth as they function better than artificial teeth such as dentures, bridges or implants. In an attempt to save the tooth, we might recommend a Root Canal Treatment or Gum treatment. However, it is not suitable in every case and is recommended only if feasible. Unfortunately, there are times when an extraction would be considered an optimal treatment option. Keeping your long term wellbeing of satisfactory function and good aesthetics, we, being dentists at Health Precinct are the in a better position to evaluate your situation.
Reasons for extraction of teeth:
A missing tooth can cause nearby teeth to drift out of their original position and tilt into the gap. This often deteriorates the chewing efficiency and also causes decay/ gum disease around the tilted tooth as through cleaning can be difficult. To prevent unwanted sequelae, a bridge/ denture/ implant may be necessary.
Your dentist at Health Precinct will discuss all the pros and cons of the procedure, take consent, appropriate radiographs and medical precautions before performing any surgical procedures. Talk to us on 07 4788 0111 to book an appointment to discuss options regarding your dental treatment.
WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTIONS
We are quite experienced in removing wisdom teeth with minimal discomfort. Wisdom teeth or the Third Molars are the last teeth to erupt and they usually penetrate the gums during late teenage/ early twenties or later. Most people have four wisdom teeth, whilst some miss a few or all naturally. When there is inadequate room for complete eruption of wisdom teeth, they get wedges in the bone to cause impaction.
Wisdom teeth removal is a very common procedure and is usually done at an earlier age before the problem worsens. Wisdom teeth extractions can be done in the chair under local anaesthetics or under sedation. However, serious impaction might have to be performed under General Anaesthesia by a Specialist –Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.
The decision to extract wisdom teeth is made after a good clinical examination and evaluation of X-rays. Even though the wisdom tooth has caused problems, it may ‘settle down’, after it pushes through the gums. We might delay your surgery to see if the tooth stops causing you problems! Some wisdom teeth never cause problems and there is no need to remove them. Early removal of wisdom teeth may be recommended when there is not enough room for the tooth to erupt, need for orthodontic work, infected wisdom tooth causing pain. It’s easier to remove wisdom tooth when the patient is young. Younger people have shorter roots and bone surrounding the tooth would be softer too.
Untreated impacted wisdom teeth can cause infection, crowding, pain, cysts, ulcers, gum infections around the second molar, and resorptive cavity in the second molar.
Sometimes there is a need to make an incision of the gums to expose the impacted wisdom tooth for removal. Teeth may need splitting, removal of bone as well in assisting easy tooth removal. Sutures are placed to close the flaps and usually needs a review of healing.
Common complications that can be expected with a wisdom tooth extraction would be:
Call 07 4788 0111 to book an appointment to get your wisdom teeth evaluated and discuss treatment options.