If you need an extraction or tooth removal – don’t panic! Maher Medical Center offers painless tooth removal, and, for particularly anxious patients, sedation options are available too.
From simple tooth extractions to the more complex surgical removal of impacted wisdom teeth, oral surgery procedures help to protect healthy teeth from the influence of bacterial infection harboured by un-healthy, possibly un-hygienic and non-restorable teeth.
The following conditions may require tooth extractions:
- non-restorable, heavily decayed or deeply fractured teeth and teeth with chronic and un-treatable apical infection require removal
- wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are often extracted either before or after they erupt. They commonly erupt during the late teens or early 20s. They need to be removed if they are decayed, cause pain or have a cyst or infection. These teeth often get stuck in the jaw (impaction) and do not fully erupt at all which can irritate the gum, causing pain and swelling. In this case, the tooth must be removed.
- having extra teeth that block other teeth from erupting.
- sometimes baby teeth do not fall out in time to allow permanent teeth to erupt.
- patients with severe crowding may need teeth extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place during orthodontic treatment.
- patients receiving radiation to the head and neck may need to have teeth in the field of radiation extracted.
Before extracting a tooth, taking of X-rays may be required to obtain a clear picture of a damaged tooth. This will help to see the underlying bone structure and root so that the best way to remove the tooth can be planned.
Next, the surgeon may administer one of our sedation options, in case this is needed, like Nitrous Oxide Conscious sedation (laughing gas) to make sure you are relaxed and anxiety-free. He will use anaesthesia to numb the area. Then he will carefully extract the tooth.
After the extraction, the surgeon will issue helpful instructions for a speedy recovery and healing. These may include:
• leaving the gauze over the extraction site for a few hours
• eating soft and liquid foods for at least a day
• avoiding pressure, eating, and brushing at the extraction site for a few days
• avoiding straws
• avoiding tobacco and smoking
• avoiding spitting and rinsing for the first day
• taking pain medication per directions, if needed
Although many patients experience little to no discomfort after their tooth removal, taking pain medications will help you heal comfortably. You should be back to normal in a few days after your site has healed.
In case sedation has been administered, you should plan for someone to drive you to and from your appointment.