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Advice and Info on Tooth Extraction

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

944335_blogTooth extraction is an often undesirable, but sometimes necessary, treatment. Knowing when you might need an extraction may, in some way, lessen the shock of requiring the treatment. Here is a collection of typical scenarios in which oral surgery could be required.

Repair is not viable

Your tooth may have suffered a fracture so severe, or been the focus of such extensive decay, that extracting the tooth will be far more practical than any attempts to restore it. Sometimes it is other obstacles than the tooth itself that cause the problem. Medical and physical both play a role in how appropriate a surgery is deemed for a patient.

Gum disease

In the later stages of gum disease, your tooth can come loose due to a lack of support from surrounding bone. In these instances, tooth extraction may be required.

Preparing for braces

Believe it or not, you can sometimes have too many teeth. Orthodontic work tries to correct an improper bite or realign a smile for ornamental reasons. If you have too many teeth, there may not be enough room for all of your teeth to align properly! In such instances, extraction is a practical surgery choice.

A note on aftercare

Most extraction surgeries will use an anaesthetic, so avoid chewing anything until the numbness wears off. If you suffer from aches or pains shortly after the surgery, take some over the counter pain killers (like ibuprofen) and apply an ice pack to the source of the pain. A blood clot will develop on the site of the extraction and it is vital that it is left alone while it forms. To help it form, avoid touching it, do not drink through a straw, do not spit forcefully, try not to sneeze too hard and avoid smoking or letting food particles near your tooth’s socket. Avoid exerting yourself in the 24 hours following surgery. After two days, rinse your mouth gently with a salt water solution and continue to do this 2 – 3 times a day for a week. Drink a lot of water and try to keep your head raised in order to control bleeding. For more information on tooth extractions, contact the team at City Dental in Leeds.

All About Wisdom Tooth Removal

Friday, September 25th, 2015

585804_blogThe wisdom teeth are also known as the third molars. They are the last teeth to develop and can be found in the corners of the mouth. There are four wisdom teeth in total. Most people start to get their wisdom teeth during their late teens or early twenties, although this can vary. Often, just saying the words ‘wisdom teeth’ is enough to make people squirm, as they are synonymous with pain.

In many cases, the wisdom teeth cause no problems, but sometimes it can be painful when they push through because of a shortage of space in the jaw. If there is not enough room for the teeth to develop properly, they can start to grow at an angle and push against the neighbouring teeth, and this can be uncomfortable. This is known as an impacted tooth.

Wisdom tooth extraction

If your wisdom teeth are causing you problems and you are struggling with pain, it is advisable to have them extracted. The wisdom teeth are not essential and you will be able to do everything you need to without them, so losing them is usually the best course of action if they are troublesome.

Wisdom tooth extraction is similar to normal tooth extraction, when the tooth is gently pulled out of the tooth socket using dental instruments, but the procedure may be more complicated due to the position of the wisdom tooth. The teeth are located right at the back of the mouth and this can make it more awkward to reach them, especially if they are impacted and positioned at an angle. If you need a wisdom tooth removed, our expert dentists at City Dental Leeds can help. Our team boasts experienced dentists with expertise in oral surgery to remove your teeth with minimum discomfort. We understand that oral surgery can be a daunting prospect and we have measures in place to help patients to feel more relaxed and comfortable.

What Happens If I Need My Tooth Extracted?

Friday, September 4th, 2015

1788888_blogIf you injure a tooth or your tooth is severely decayed or damaged, extraction may be the best course of action. Many people worry about tooth extraction, but your dentist will take the necessary steps to help prevent pain and facilitate rapid healing. Extracting a tooth is usually recommended when there is no ay of saving the tooth; in this case, removing the tooth can help to prevent damage to the surrounding teeth and dental infection.

What happens when a tooth is extracted?

The teeth are held firmly in place by roots and the roots are loosened before the tooth is pulled out to reduce discomfort and damage to the surrounding gum tissue. Before this stage of treatment is carried out, the tooth will be numbed using local anaesthetic, so you won’t feel any pain. Once the effects of the anaesthetic have become apparent, your dentist will use specially designed dental pliers to gently pull the tooth from side to side; this will loosen the tooth in its socket. Once the tooth is moving freely, your dentist will pull the tooth, releasing the roots.

After tooth extraction there may be minor bleeding and pressure will be applied to the socket to stem blood flow and start the healing process.

What happens after tooth extraction?

After you’ve had a tooth extracted, it’s important to take it easy and avoid doing anything strenuous. As the anaesthetic wears off, you may start to experience mild pain; pain should be short-lived and you should be able to ease it using over the counter painkillers. If you have severe pain or pain that is getting worse, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your dentist. For the first 24 hours, try to avoid drinking alcohol and eating anything hard or chewy and take care with hot drinks shortly after the procedure, as the anaesthetic may prevent you from feeling a burning sensation. When you go to bed, try to prop your head up a little higher than usual using an extra pillow or a towel under your pillow; this will help to reduce the risk of bleeding. Take extra care when brushing your teeth around the affected area.