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Extractions & Wisdom Teeth Removals

Tooth Extractions

Regular & Wisdom Teeth Removal

Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. Some teeth are removed whole whereas some are broken with only the root retained in the socket. Wisdom Teeth also may require extraction if they are damaging nearby teeth or causing pain.
You will be given a local anaesthetic that will make the area around your tooth to become numb. The dentist will then use dental instruments called elevators and forceps to remove your tooth.
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Why Should You Consider A Dental Check-Up?

If you like the idea of living a long, healthy life with as few medical problems as possible then you should consider a dental checkup. By regularly seeing a dental hygienist you will be able to prevent dental issues, health issues, and financial issues. Dental surgery can be expensive if you let problems become bad enough. Professional checkups a couple of times a year can prevent a lot of issues from ever rising up.

Tobacco smokers especially should consider getting a dental checkup done. Tobacco is one of the leading causes of oral cancer. Oral cancer is one of the three most common cancers in some Pacific and Asian nations due to their heavy tobacco use.
Even if you have good oral health and have no problems it is still a good idea to consider getting a checkup done anyway. It is important to stay on top of your health and a regular checkup is the best way to prevent any issues from arising and becoming worse down the road.

When and why would a Tooth Extraction be necessary?

A tooth extraction may be necessary for the following situations:
When a tooth is so damaged (because of trauma or decay) that it cannot be repaired by a filling or crown
When the tooth itself becomes loose in its socket due to gum disease. (Since the gums and underlying bone are damaged, they can no longer help in firm attachment of the tooth)
When there is an infected tooth (with an abscess) that does not go away even after root canal treatment
For wisdom teeth that are partially erupted or improperly positioned
To make space during orthodontic treatment

How Often Should You Go For A Dental Checkup? Answer : At least every 6 months

A healthy person who has good oral health and keeps up with proper brushing and flossing technique should only need to visit a dentist every 6 months to a year.
They lower your risk of developing any oral conditions the longer you will be able to wait in between checkups. However, the worse your condition the more frequently you may require regular checkups. Up to as often as once every 3 months.
If there are any problems that require surgical operations those would be booked as separate appointments and should not count towards one of your regular dental check-ups.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

The last tooth to develop in our mouth, at the very back, is called the wisdom tooth. We have four wisdom teeth, two on each side. The wisdom teeth are the third molars that sprout in the dental arches. Also called octaves, the wisdom teeth delay to appear generally between 18 and 25 years.
Wisdom teeth that are infected, partially erupted, causing pressure on adjacent teeth, or in an incorrect bite position have to be removed.

Similar to normal tooth extraction, you will first be given a local anaesthetic injection. Then, using elevators and forceps, the wisdom tooth is pulled out. If the tooth is impacted, a small incision will be made in the gums and bone might have to be drilled to expose the tooth. The entire procedure is performed under anaesthesia, so you won’t feel a thing.

Anybody can get a tooth extraction. However, if you are a diabetic, a hypertensive, somebody with a heart condition (congenital defects, previous history of stroke,  open heart surgeries) or any other systemic disease (like liver, kidney, thyroid, or adrenal disease), you need to be cleared by your physician first for a tooth extraction.

 Conditions like pregnancy, immunosuppressive states, or any other chronic disease will also need additional precautions to be taken before an extraction, so make sure you inform your dentist about every single thing in your medical history.

More Questions about Tooth Extraction?

A soft diet made of foods like soup, mashed potatoes, yoghurt, soft-boiled or scrambled eggs, oats, fruit and vegetable smoothies and even ice cream is a great option to have after a tooth extraction.

Tooth extraction is done under local anaesthesia i.e. your entire jaw is made numb so no you will not feel any pain. However, you might feel some slight pressure.

Something like bread which is a bit dry and needs to be chewed properly may interfere with the healing of your extraction socket, so it is not advised right after extraction.

Bite down firmly on the gauze piece your dentist has placed on your extraction site for at least 1 hour. If bleeding doesn’t stop, replace the gauze piece with a clean one every 30 mins until it stops. You can also try placing a green tea bag and biting down since green tea contains tannins that constrict the blood vessels around your extraction socket and slow down the bleeding.

No, alcohol will dehydrate you and interfere with the healing of your extraction socket, so it is not recommended at all in the first 24 hours.

Yes, a dental abscess after drainage and tooth extraction will take about 1-2 weeks to heal and go away.

Generally speaking, you should avoid eating anything for 12 hours prior to the surgery. This can help prevent nausea during and after the procedure. If you are having a local anaesthetic, you may not need to fast as long so be sure to inquire before the treatment. Let us know if you have a condition that doesn’t allow you to fast, such as diabetes.

It is also important to remember that you cannot smoke for 12 hours before the surgery and 24 hours after. Smoking after the procedure will slow down the healing process and place you at greater risk for “dry socket”, which is a serious condition requiring immediate medical attention.

You should ideally wait for 48-72 hours before smoking after a tooth extraction, else it can lead to a dry socket which is a very dangerous condition.
Smoking after the procedure will slow down the healing process and place you at greater risk for “dry socket”, which is a serious condition requiring immediate medical attention.

Do not take hot drinks like tea, coffee and hot soup after tooth extraction. Wait at least for 4-5 days to continue your regular diet.

The gums covering your extraction hole or socket will begin to close over within 7-10 days and by the end of the month, the underlying bone will have healed to a large extent. However, the final healing may take between 2-4 months.

A tooth extraction may be necessary for the following situations:

  1. When a tooth is so damaged (because of trauma or decay) that it cannot be repaired by a filling or crown
  2. When the tooth itself becomes loose in its socket due to gum disease. (Since the gums and underlying bone are damaged, they can no longer help in firm attachment of the tooth)
  3. When there is an infected tooth (with an abscess) that does not go away even after root canal treatment
  4. For wisdom teeth that are partially erupted or improperly positioned
  5. To make space during orthodontic treatment

You will be given a local anaesthetic that will make the area around your tooth to become numb. The dentist will then use dental instruments called elevators and forceps to remove your tooth.

Yes, they are absolutely safe. You need not worry.

If all attempts to save the tooth have been unsuccessful, or if there is an alternative reason to remove the tooth then there are various benefits to getting the tooth removed.

  • Reduced risk of adjacent 2nd molar resorption
  • Lower chances of gum infections, cysts and abscesses
  • Easier to maintain oral hygiene

The obvious negative point of this treatment is that it leaves an empty space in the jawbone, but these can be rectified by our tooth replacement treatments

All tooth extractions are done under local anaesthesia, so you won’t feel any pain. If however, the wisdom tooth is stuck in the bone, you can expect some pressure as your dentist tries to get it out in one piece.

Time taken for tooth extraction can vary from as little as 10 mins (for front tooth removal and teeth that are already moving) to 30-60 mins for complex cases of wisdom tooth extraction.

For the first 2-3 nights after tooth extraction, sleep with your head elevated. Avoid sleeping on your side. Remember to take out the gauze piece before going to sleep or you can choke on it.

Travelling won’t have any effect on your extraction would but it’s advisable to take rest for at least 1-2 days and avoid strenuous activity after your tooth extraction to prevent any complications from arising.

Travelling won’t have any effect on your extraction would but it’s advisable to take rest for at least 1-2 days and avoid strenuous activity after your tooth extraction to prevent any complications from arising.

The negative pressure created in the mouth with the use of a straw just after tooth extraction can dislodge the blood clot formed in your tooth socket. Dislodgement of this clot can lead to a condition called dry socket, which is extremely painful and can lead to further infections or complications.

The soreness and discomfort from your wisdom tooth extraction will go away within a week. Try alternating warm and cold compresses over the jaw area to relieve the pain. Over the counter(OTC) pain medications like paracetamol and ibuprofen will also help if the pain is too much.

We call a wisdom tooth that is not visible in the mouth and is embedded inside the jawbone as impacted or “stuck”. Removal of an impacted wisdom tooth will need the gums to be cut open and some amount of bone drilling done to expose the tooth.

Try alternating warm and cold compresses over the jaw area to relieve some of the pain. Over the counter(OTC) pain medications like paracetamol and ibuprofen will also help if the pain is too much.

All tooth extractions are done under local anaesthesia, so you won’t feel any pain. If however, the wisdom tooth is stuck in the bone, you can expect some pressure as your dentist tries to get it out in one piece.

Normal cases of wisdom tooth extraction can be done within 30 mins but if the wisdom tooth is impacted, or stuck inside the jawbone, it can take up to an hour or more, depending on the complexity.

If you have an infected wisdom tooth, it needs to be extracted. However, removing an infected wisdom tooth as it is will be quite painful so your dentist will prescribe a 3-5 day course of antibiotics to bring down the infection. You can also do daily saltwater rinses to keep the wisdom tooth area clean and take pain medication if required.

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How much is a Tooth Extraction?

At Susan Crean Denal & Facial Aesthetics we offer a wide selection of dental treatments provided by some of the best dental staff in Tralee, each treatment designed to meet the individual needs of our patients. Working with your dentist to meet your dental health goals, you’ll find that there is always something to smile about. Our prices are competitive and our services top notch. Review our competitive price chart below. Book your appointment online. You can call our Tralee clinic at 0667117577.
You only get one set of teeth, Ensure a healthy mouth with healthy teeth and gums. Routine check-up appointments and professional cleanings with your dentist will help to keep small concerns from escalating into more serious dental problems.

Price List : Extractions

Routine Extraction : €95-€110
Scale & Polish (<16 years) : €150+

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