Extractions and Wisdom teeth

Extractions and Wisdom teeth

At Broadway Dental Boutique, we do all we can to prevent extractions. However, sometimes the very best option is removing the problem tooth to save you from further issues and discomfort. We have plenty of options for tooth replacements so you aren’t left with a gap in your smile.

Why does my tooth need to be extracted?

There are a number of reasons why an extraction is necessary. If the tooth is damaged beyond repair, the safest option is to remove it to avoid any infection. In some cases, we can use root canal treatment to remove the infected pulp but if the tooth is too damaged, we will have to remove it.

Tooth extraction may be necessary to remove a tooth loosened by gum disease, or one that has extensive decay and has become infected as a result. We also may need to remove teeth to assist with orthodontic treatment and provide enough space for teeth to move into a better position.

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Removing wisdom teeth

One of the most common oral surgery procedures we carry out is removing wisdom teeth. Sometimes, wisdom teeth can become impacted. As we are keeping our natural teeth for longer, there sometimes isn’t enough space for wisdom teeth to grow properly. To save them from causing further issues, the best option is to remove them.

Which teeth are my wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the third-last permanent molars. Most people have four wisdom teeth, two in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw. These teeth are commonly called wisdom teeth because they usually erupt between the ages of 16 to 21, known as the ‘age of wisdom’. A wisdom tooth is impacted when it is obstructed from erupting fully into the mouth by the tooth in front of it or the surrounding bone or gums.

Problems caused by impacted wisdom teeth

Improperly erupted wisdom teeth are breeding grounds for bacteria and may cause tooth decay, sometimes even affecting the neighbouring teeth. Infection of the overlying gums can take place as well, resulting in pain and swelling.

More serious problems such as the formation of cysts or tumours around an impacted tooth can occur, leading to the destruction of the surrounding jawbone and neighbouring teeth. These conditions may require complex and extensive treatment. As problems can develop silently, without your knowledge, a check-up with your dentist is thus advisable.

Check-up and consultation

Your initial visit to the dentist would include an examination of your mouth and X-rays to determine the position of the wisdom teeth, their condition and the status of the adjacent teeth and bone.

To prevent problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth, it is advisable to remove them early. The best time to remove them would be during the teenage years before the roots of the teeth are fully formed and firmly embedded in the jawbone. Healing is also better during this period, with less risk of complications.

This is a minor surgical procedure 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.

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 the surgery

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.

If you are looking for a trusted, friendly and experienced Crawley dentist, contact a member of our team today.

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Broadway Dental Boutique,
40 The Broadway, Crawley,
West Sussex, RH10 1HG.

To arrange an appointment, please give us a call on 01293 428342.

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