There are varying reasons for you to have a tooth extracted. At times, baby teeth can misshapen or develop long roots that prevent them from falling out to make room for permanent teeth to erupt. Sometimes, decay is the cause of tooth extraction. If a tooth with severe cavities is not extracted in a timely manner, it puts you at risk of losing not only that tooth but surrounding teeth as well. Insufficient space for wisdom teeth to erupt is another common reason to have a tooth removed.
When there is not enough room for wisdom teeth to break through the jawbone and gums, they may become impacted and grow at an incorrect angle. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause serious dental problems such as tooth decay, gum inflammation and infection, cyst formation, misalignment of teeth and damage to the jawbone.
Simple tooth extraction vs surgical tooth extraction
There are two types of extractions, simple extraction and surgical extraction. For simple tooth extraction, we will first numb the area surrounding the tooth. Then, we will expand the tooth socket and use a pair of forceps to separate the tooth from the ligament. The simple extraction procedure can be used once the tooth can be easily accessed.
For a tooth that will be difficult to remove, such as a wisdom tooth, the surgical extraction procedure must be used. During a surgical tooth extraction, we will numb the area or you may be given general anesthesia that will leave you unconscious for the procedure. We will then make a small incision in your gums to better access the tooth. Sometimes, we must remove bone or cut the tooth itself before it can be removed.
Depending on which form of tooth extraction that will be used, we may remove the tooth during your regular checkup, or we may schedule the procedure for a later date.
Tooth Extraction Recovery
If you follow the dentist’s instructions for aftercare, you should recover within a few days of the procedure. If you are experiencing pain that doesn’t go after several days, accompanied by fever, and drainage from the affected area, this may be a sign of an infection. In that case, you should contact us as soon as possible.
When a tooth is removed, it may cause neighbouring teeth to shift or there may be difficulty chewing. There may even be a loss of jaw function. For that reason, we recommend that you have missing teeth replaced to avoid any complications.
Are you looking for a tooth extraction dentist in Surrey?
If you need a tooth extraction in Surrey, feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment with our experienced Surrey dentist, Dr. Patrick Nguyen at Newton Village Dental Clinic in Surrey area. We look forward to seeing you!