A dental extraction is the complete removal of a tooth/teeth.
This may be necessary if the tooth is damaged beyond repair, or you do not wish to undergo a root canal and crown treatment.
Some extractions may require cutting into the gum/bone or cutting the tooth in to sections prior to removal.
There is a recovery period after extractions where you are required to eat only soft foods and to avoid applying pressure or suction to the wound. You may also have some swelling, pain and bleeding for the first few days.
Your dentist will provide instructions on how to alleviate pain and take care of your wound as well as how to minimise the risk of dry socket.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom tooth are molars at the back of your mouth that generally grow in later than your other permanent teeth. If there isn’t sufficient room in your mouth your wisdom teeth may cause crowding, partially grow through your gum, come in at an angle or be blocked from breaking through the gum completely (impacted tooth).
The above can cause discomfort and potentially infection. Your dentist will review the status of your wisdom teeth during your checkups and advise the best option. It may be that a small cut in your gum can enable the tooth to grow in properly. However, if there are signs of infection, decay or simply not enough room in your mouth your dentist may recommend complete removal.