Tooth extractions are generally carried out as a last resort. Decay and gum disease are the two most common reasons for extracting teeth. Teeth may also need to be removed because of trauma caused by an accident, for orthodontic
A tooth, particularly a wisdom tooth
, may have to be removed because it has become impacted, which means it has not properly erupted through the gum. If left untreated an impacted tooth can cause gum problems.All extractions are preceded by a very careful examination of the patient’s medical history and a digital x-ray
to show the shape of the roots.
Carefully placed aneasthetic ensures that the removal of the tooth is painless and once the tooth is removed all efforts are made to close the wound down and create a healthy blood clot.
Post-operative instructions, both verbal and written, are given immediately after extraction. The use of painkillers is advised, should the need arise. A follow-up phone call is carried out the following day to check that all is well. If the extraction was carried out over the weekend, the patient is given a number to call in case of emergency.