Unfortunately, there are occasions where teeth are un-restorable or un-saveable. This means that we need to extract the teeth. This can also be required for wisdom teeth when they cause recurrent pain and infection.
Extractions are generally simple procedures that can usually be performed with little discomfort. The procedure can be performed under local anaesthesia (with or without sedation to control anxiety) or general anaesthesia. Your surgeon will advise you on the type most appropriate for your needs.
Sometimes if the teeth are particularly stubborn or they are impacted (buried in the jaw bone), they require a small surgical procedure.
The surgery involves uncovering the tooth by lifting the overlying gums aside to expose the tooth and bone. The tooth may need to be sectioned in order to remove it. The gums are then stitched back.
After surgery, some minor bleeding from the wound can be expected, which can be controlled by biting on a piece of gauze over the operation area for about half an hour. Facial swelling and discolouration of the overlying skin will also develop, increasing for the first 72 hours and subsiding thereafter. You may not be able to open your mouth as wide as usual for a few days.
Painkillers, antibiotics and an antiseptic mouthwash are usually prescribed after the surgery. You will be advised to maintain good oral hygiene and also to keep to a soft diet for a few days following surgery.
Routine Extractions are carried out by any dentist in the practice.
If they are particularly tricky or more complex, we are fortunate enough to have a Specialist Oral Surgeon, Mr John Tighe, who can remove the teeth quickly and effectively for you. He is very gentle and has years of experience to help you feel at ease.
He is able to carry out most Oral Surgery Procedures, including Wisdom Tooth Extractions, Apicectomies (root surgery) and Implant Surgery.
If you feel that you simply cannot face having your tooth extracted under Local Anaesthetic, we are pleased to offer an in-house Sedation Service, run by Mr Tighe. If you are suitable, we can use an Intra-venous (I.V) drug called Midazolam to put you at ease. This is a conscious-sedation technique, meaning that you are awake throughout but cannot recall the procedure. It is a very successful and popular technique that we are proud to be able to offer at the practice. Our SAAD qualified team to take care of you throughout the process.