While we do everything we can to save natural teeth, sometimes it is the only option available.
Extractions can be necessary for the following reasons:
- Extensive decay or advanced gum disease (periodontitis)
- An impacted wisdom tooth has become infected or is damaging the adjacent tooth.
- A baby tooth is retained and is preventing the emergence of a permanent tooth
- More room is needed for successful orthodontic treatment
At The Dental Chambers Kensington Dr Lionel Friedmann routinely performs extractions with a complete focus on patient comfort.
What happens if I need a tooth extracted?
We first take x-rays and sometimes a 3D scan of your teeth and jaw. This helps us to plan what method will be the best option for removal – either a simple extraction or a surgical extraction.
A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that is visible in the mouth. A surgical extraction involves making a small incision in the gum to remove a tooth that may have broken off or is concealed under the gum.
After your extraction, you will be given written recommendations to keep the site of the extraction clean and help healing. These can include: gently rinsing with tepid, salty water; avoiding hot drinks for a few hours; avoiding exercise for 24 hrs; eating softer foods and chewing on the opposite side of your mouth. And of course avoid smoking!
If you experience any problems, contact our practice to talk to the dental nurse.