Tooth extraction is where the tooth is fully removed from its socket. Dentists will try their best to save the tooth that has been broken or damaged by decay, with a filling, crown or other treatment. However, there are times when the damage is beyond repair. If this is the case, the tooth needs to be extracted. An X-ray of the area will be taken to help plan the best way to remove the tooth. During the procedure, you can expect to feel pressure, but little to no discomfort. Upon completion, your dentist will provide you with detailed instructions on what to do and expect after surgery.
Simple Dental Extraction
A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. General dentists commonly do simple extractions. In a simple extraction, the dentist loosens the tooth before removing it. Most simple extractions can be done using (a local anaesthetic).
Surgical Dental Extraction
A surgical extraction is a more complex procedure. It is used if a tooth may have broken off at the gum line or has not come into the mouth yet. Surgical extractions commonly are done by oral surgeons. However, they are also done by general dentists. Sometimes it’s necessary to remove some of the bone around the tooth or to cut the tooth in half in order to extract it. For a surgical extractions, patients receive local anaesthetic. Some people may need general anaesthesia. They include patients with specific medical or behavioural conditions and young children.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
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Here at Hills Dental Design, we offer in house wisdom tooth removal performed by Dr Simon Briggs. Dr Briggs strives to provide patients with exceptional surgical care with the least discomfort and inconvenience.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Also known as the third molars, wisdom teeth are the last teeth to surface. Generally there are four wisdom teeth – one at each end of each arch. Patients will often notice their wisdom teeth around their late teens to early twenties as they begin to surface. Although most people do have wisdom teeth at some point in their life, for some patients wisdom teeth may not ever erupt. It is also possible for a person to have more than four wisdom teeth or to have wisdom teeth impacted below the gum-line.
Do Wisdom Teeth Have to Be Removed?
Not all people need to have their wisdom teeth removed. It is important that you get a check-up and find out from our dentists to evaluate your wisdom tooth development, before they cause problems. We would recommend a wisdom tooth evaluation around your child’s 15th-17th birthday, or even earlier if there is pain. Your dentist at Hills Dental Design can track your development and follow how your wisdom teeth are forming long before they ever cause you any concern.
What Does It Mean When Wisdom Teeth Erupt?
When the teeth break through the surface, this is called eruption. For most patients, the teeth move in stages which could mean it is only “partially erupted;” that is, the tooth is only partially exposed through the gumlines. Partially erupted teeth can cause infection that damages other teeth.
What Does It Mean When Wisdom Teeth Are Impacted?
When the jawbone doesn’t have enough room for the third molars, the teeth can develop on an angle. In cases such as these, the wisdom teeth can’t erupt properly. The tooth has become ‘impacted’ and pushes toward the wrong direction. If the tooth is pushing against the other teeth, it could cause misalignment of your bite and crowd your teeth together.