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Extractions Including Wisdom Teeth

At Infinity Dental Clinic we will do all we can to save your natural teeth. Occasionally there may be unavoidable reasons why this is not possible and an extraction may be required.

Causes of Tooth Extraction

If a tooth is heavily decayed and beyond restoration the tooth may require extraction. Other reasons include acute or chronic infections, fractures, gum disease, orthodontic reasons or impacted wisdom teeth.

Extracting teeth will always be a last resort, but do not worry, we will discuss the options for replacing your missing teeth.

What to Expect?

Initially, an x-ray of the tooth will be taken. Your Dentist will ensure the tooth area is fully numb in order to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. You can expect to feel some pressure – but not pain! After the extraction, the Dentist will advise you of the post-operative instructions and check all is well before you leave.

Post-Operative Instructions

In order to promote healing, the following instructions should be followed carefully:

  • Avoid eating or drinking for 3-4 hours, until the local anaesthetic has worn off. This will stop you getting any food in the socket or biting your lip whilst numb.
  • Do not rinse your mouth out for the next 24 hours.
  • After 24 hours, rinse gently with warm salty water 3-4 times a day for the next few days.
  • Do not smoke for at least 48 hours after your extraction, as smoking delays healing and increases the chance of infection. This can be very painful.
  • You may want to take painkillers for 24 hours to minimise discomfort.
  • Avoid alcohol and vigorous exercise for 24 hours.

How to Fill the Gap?

You can discuss with your Dentist the options for replacing a missing tooth. There are a variety of treatment options available depending on your circumstances. These range from fixed dental implants  to removable dentures

Treating Wisdom Teeth Pain

The most common cause of wisdom tooth pain is pericoronitis. Pericoronitis is the inflammation of the gum around a partially erupted wisdom tooth. Approximately 30% of wisdom teeth do not fully erupt. This is usually not a problem. However, in some cases it can cause painful pericoronitis.

Pericoronitis can usually be treated by professional irrigation and antibiotic therapy, but in severe cases an extraction may be required. Wisdom teeth usually require a ‘surgical’ extraction. At Infinity Dental Clinic, Dr Mohsin Patel and Dr Hannah Wilson are experienced in carrying out these procedures.

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If it is necessary to extract your tooth, don’t worry, we will make the procedure as comfortable as possible and advise on options for replacing your missing tooth.

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