If a tooth has decayed beyond repair, our dentist will suggest you extract the affected tooth (tooth removal).
Tooth extractions are also carried out in the following cases:
- Improper development of wisdom teeth
- Extra teeth obstructing other teeth
- Baby teeth that don’t fall out, obstructing permanent teeth.
Improper development of wisdom teeth
Wisdom teeth are the last adult teeth to come into the mouth (erupt). Most people have four wisdom teeth at the back of the mouth — two on the top, two on the bottom. Impacted wisdom teeth are third molars at the back of the mouth that don’t have enough room to emerge or develop normally.
Impacted Wisdom tooth symptoms:
- Red or swollen gums
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Jaw pain
- Swelling around the jaw
- Bad breath
- An unpleasant taste in your mouth
- Difficulty opening your mouth.
PEARL DENTAL – EXTRACTION PROMISE:
- Minimal to Zero Pain Dental Extractions
- Patient Education on all aspects of your dental condition
- Post-treatment care and Home care recommendations
Frequently asked questions on dental extractions
Are dental extractions painful?
Generally, the area is numbed with a local anaesthetic while our experienced dentists ensure that you are not in any sort of pain before proceeding with the procedure.
The pain may start as soon as the anaesthetic wears out, which is usually after 2 hours.
That’s why our dentists may prescribe painkillers before the anaesthetic wears out to help control the pain.
How long is the procedure?
The procedure depends on the complexity of the case. However, most cases are completed in less than 1 hour.
Will I be able to work after the procedure?
It’s best to keep yourself free so that you can head home and relax for rest of the day. You may go to work the next day, provided that you are feeling comfortable. However, make sure to take it easy and avoid exerting yourself.
What to expect after wisdom tooth removal?
You may experience mild to moderate discomfort, bleeding and swelling in the areas where your wisdom tooth was removed. It is common for some mild to moderate pain and swelling to persist for a few days after your surgery. But worry not – your dentist will prescribe you analgesics (pain medications) to help relieve discomfort for a more comfortable recovery.
To speed up the healing process, follow these helpful tips after your wisdom tooth removal:
- Change your gauze pads as needed and remove gauze pads from your mouth once all bleeding has stopped. (After 30 mins)
- Try to prop your head up with a few pillows when resting, so that you are not lying down flat
- Apply a soft cold compress or ice pack to the outside of your cheek to help decrease the swelling
- Try to get as much rest as possible for the first 24 hours
- Avoid smoking and drinking through straws for at least 48 hours. This can loosen blood clots that have formed where your wisdom teeth have been removed and delay the healing process
- Avoid drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours as it can irritate the surgical sites
- Stick to ingesting only soft foods and liquids for the first few days. You may consume soup broths, puddings, Jell-O, scrambled eggs, finely mashed potatoes, milkshakes and applesauce. As your mouth begins to heal, slowly add solid foods to your diet
- Avoid rinsing your mouth for the first 24 hours. Only after the first day, begin rinsing your mouth gently with a warm salt water solution about every 3-4 hours (especially after meals) to help alleviate any pain or swelling and to keep the surgical sites clean
- Keep your tongue and fingers away from touching the areas where your wisdom tooth was removed
- Continue to brush your teeth twice per day but do so very carefully and gently
- Call your dentist immediately if you experience unusual symptoms such as severe pain, vomiting and/or persistent bleeding 24 hours after your extraction