How we remove a tooth that can no longer be preserved.
One of the most well known of all dental procedures is the tooth extraction. At Blue Sky Dental here in Chelmsford, we have a number of specialists who are able, in many cases, to save a tooth that has become damaged or infected.
Where a tooth can no longer be preserved though, it may be necessary to extract it, rather than allow it to become infected and painful.
Whilst this is a procedure that some patients are concerned about, extracting a tooth is a relatively straightforward procedure in most cases, and should not be feared. Sometimes an extraction is more difficult and may require specialist dental care, for example from an oral surgeon.
It is now many years since a patient would be ‘put to sleep’ for this procedure. All extractions at a dental practice are now performed using a local anaesthetic which is injected into the gum – this is very powerful and you should not feel pain during the procedure.
Loosening the tooth
Once the local anaesthetic has taken full effect, the dentist will grip the affected tooth with special dental forceps. The tooth is gently rocked from side to side, loosening it from the bone which holds it in place. This should cause no pain but you may feel some grinding sensations and pressure as the bone eases away from the tooth. Once the tooth is loose, it is then simply pulled away from its socket.
The healing process
Once the tooth has been extracted, you will be given a piece of sterile gauze to bite down on. This helps to stem the bleeding and will cause the formation of a blood clot in the socket. This clot is the first stage in the healing process and great care should be taken not to dislodge it. It is best to not eat or drink anything for a few hours after the procedure and then softer, lukewarm foods, avoiding the area of the extraction.
You will need to keep this area clean during the healing process, and, whilst you can brush your other teeth as usual, this is obviously not possible in this area as you will loose the clot. Instead, use a lukewarm saline solution and gently ‘tip’ it onto the area. Do not spit or swill the liquid around the mouth as this may cause the dislodging of the clot, which in turn may lead to a painful dry socket. Should this occur, please ring Blue Sky Dental as soon as possible.
You will be given full aftercare instructions following the extraction and following this advice should lead to a fast and straightforward recovery. Our team will also discuss the various options available for replacing the tooth, for example a dental implant.
If you have any questions or need to speak to one of our Chelmsford dentists about your treatment, please call us on 01245 211070.