You obviously want to keep your teeth forever. But sometimes things come up that prompt your orthodontist to remove a tooth for the sake of your dental health. While many teeth are easy enough to remove, sometimes things get complicated and require a surgical tooth extraction.
Here’s when a surgical extraction may be the only answer.
When A Tooth Can’t Be Saved
Teeth usually have to come out due to crowding, disease or trauma. When a tooth can’t be repaired with a crown or filling, a surgical tooth extraction may be your only option.
Teeth that aren’t supported by enough bone when periodontal disease is present may also have to come out. Infected or abscessed teeth that don’t respond to a traditional root canal may also have to be extracted.
It’s also common for your orthodontist to recommend an extraction before you start orthodontic treatment if you have crowded teeth. Wisdom teeth are also extracted because they’re in an awkward position behind your molars.
How a Surgical Tooth Extraction Differs from a Simple Extraction
A simple extraction involves a tooth being removed with forceps. However, if a tooth has not yet fully grown in or is crowding another, bone or gum tissue may need to be taken out to extract the tooth and this is referred to as a surgical extraction. Surgical extractions require stitches to allow the site to heal.
Why You Might Need An Extraction
After taking an x-ray, your dentist will determine if you need a surgical tooth extraction. This is often the case with wisdom teeth and those that have suffered a trauma. Teeth with long-curved roots, root tips and broken-down teeth are also usually extracted through surgery.
What Happens After Extraction?
After-care instructions are important for optimal healing after a surgical tooth extraction. Here’s what you’ll have to do:
- Bite down on the gauze for half an hour after the surgery to stop bleeding.
- Avoid talking, drinking or eating unnecessarily for the first two hours after surgery.
- Don’t brush your teeth or rinse for 12 hours.
- Drink plenty of liquids.
Surgical tooth extraction may sound a little scary, but thanks to modern procedures and anaesthesia, there is nothing to fear. Once the tooth is out, you can discuss tooth replacement options with your orthodontist.
Book your check-up today with the team at Geoffrey Wexler Orthodontist in Frankston or Toorak.