wisdom teeth extraction

Wisdom teeth & tooth extractions

Our goal at Pathway Dental in Christchurch is to help you preserve your teeth for as long as possible. However, there are times where a tooth has sustained damage beyond repair and tooth extraction is the only option available. When you have a tooth, or multiple teeth, removed from your mouth, you are having a tooth extraction. This involves taking teeth out, in their entirety, to prevent another problem from occurring. The dentists at Pathway Dental provide great attention and care to patients in Riccarton, Christchurch, in need of a tooth extraction.

Wisdom tooth extraction

Wisdom teeth are a set of third molars which normally start to erupt in our late teens. There are cases where wisdom teeth removal is necessary. The majority of cases of wisdom teeth pain turn out to be impacted wisdom teeth where they are stuck because there is not enough space for it to erupt. In turn they can cause tooth pain, infection and even damage the neighbouring teeth. Wisdom teeth are usually redundant and do not contribute to chewing or smiling. In most cases, it is advisable to organise wisdom teeth removal. Unlike most regular teeth, the wisdom teeth removal usually involves a surgical approach. Therefore, it is imperative that for our dentist at Pathway Dental to assess and plan the best approach prior to the removing these teeth. All these determining factors will be addressed during your general dental check up appointment.

Tooth extraction

The tooth extraction process varies with every tooth and person. It can range from being a simple tooth extraction to a complicated surgical extraction. Our dentists will be able to advise you on the complexity of the removal prior to the procedure being done  It is therefore practical to have this type of procedure planned prior the extraction appointment. It is usual to replace a missing tooth after it has been extracted. A missing tooth can lead to the movement or drifting of nearby teeth which might then create an undesirable domino effect.

Reasons for a Tooth Extraction

If you have bad tooth decay, gum disease, teeth that are broken beyond repair, abscesses, crowded teeth, or even wisdom teeth that are impacted, then there is a good chance that you will need a tooth extraction treatment to resolve the issue. Depending on the amount of teeth that you will need to have taken out, you can opt for multiple sessions or a one-off session – this is something that you and the dentist will need to discuss. During the course of these treatments, your teeth will be prepped for the extraction surgery, Pathway Dental will usually perform an extraction while you are fully awake, but under a local anaesthetic.

How Tooth Extractions are Performed

The tooth extraction procedure itself is actually fairly simple. A local anaesthetic will be injected into your mouth which will be left for a while to let the effects take hold before the surgery begins. From this point, if you are squeamish, you may want to look away. It’s not pleasant but you won’t feel any pain, and it will be done as quickly as possible. The tooth socket is widened, and then the dentist will gently rock the tooth from side to side until it feels loose enough for it to be removed entirely. You will need to be aware that there will be some odd-sounding noises, and a bit of pressure in your mouth, but you will feel no pain.

Once completed, (and believe it or not, this only takes a few minutes per tooth) the socket will be closed once again with stitches, and you will be allowed to go home. Ideally, you will want someone to stay with you for the next 24 hours – you are going to be uncomfortable and you may feel some pain.

There are several methods of replacing a missing tooth and we detail the approaches here; Dentures, Implants, Bridges.

Make an Appointment

If you think that you need to have a tooth extracted, or are not sure, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with a local dentist in Christchurch. Pathway Dental performs tooth extractions all the time, and are attentive to your needs and discomforts during this process. Call our office on 03 366 8866 or request an appointment online. You’ll be glad you did!