If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, your dentist at our practice in Mosman will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment. But sometimes the tooth is too damaged to be repaired. If that is the case, the tooth needs to be pulled out. A very loose tooth also will require extraction if it can't be repaired, even with bone replacement surgery.
The most common reasons for tooth extraction include:
- 1- Severe tooth decay
- 2- Gum disease
- 3- A broken tooth that can’t be fixed
- 4- An abscess affecting your gums, or around your teeth
- 5- Crowded teeth – when there is not enough space in your jaw
- 6- Impacted wisdom teeth – when your growing wisdom teeth can’t break through the surface of your gum and get stuck
- 7- If you need to have your tooth (or teeth) replaced, your dentist at Aussie Smile Dentist will explain all of the options that best suits your case.
The procedure at our practice in Mosman
Before removing the tooth, your dentist at Aussie Smile Dentist will give you an injection of a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be pulled out. If you are having more than one tooth extraction or if a tooth is impacted, your dentist in Mosman may use a strong general anesthetic. This will effectively prevent pain throughout your body and make you sleep during the procedure.
In case the tooth is impacted, the dentist at Aussie Smile Dentistry will need to cut away gum and bone tissue that cover the tooth and then, using forceps, grasp the tooth and gently rock it back and forth to loosen it from the jaw bone and ligaments that keep it in place. If the tooth is hard-to-pull, it must be removed in pieces sometimes.
When the tooth id finally removed, a blood clot tends to form in the socket. The dentist then will pack a gauze pad into the socket and have you bite down on it so the bleeding stops. Occasionally the dentist will place a few stitches to close the gum edges over the extraction site.
On occasions, the blood clot in the socket breaks loose, exposing the bone in the socket. This is a painful condition named dry socket. If this happens, your dentist will likely place a sedative dressing over the socket for a couple of days to protect it as a new clot forms.