We know having a tooth removed is not exactly something to look forward to, but there is no reason for you to fear this treatment. Here at D&D Periodontal Associates, we take enormous care when removing teeth and it is a procedure we only carry out when absolutely necessary. Our skilled periodontists do everything possible to save teeth that are badly infected or which have been affected by advanced gum disease, with tooth removal procedure being the last resort.
We Use Very Gentle Tooth Extraction Techniques
Every tooth removal procedure is carried out using a very gentle and highly specialized technique (Read more: Atraumatic Extraction Technique ) that is especially designed to minimize damage to the surrounding bone and gum tissue. We do this to help preserve the bony socket surrounding your teeth as this is particularly important if you wish to replace a tooth with a dental implant. By preserving this socket, we can reduce the need for bone grafts and it helps to ensure the replacement tooth will look aesthetically pleasing.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
In the past wisdom teeth were often removed as a standard practice because these teeth can often cause problems. However nowadays we are more likely to wait and see if it’s necessary to remove them as sometimes they are perfectly fine to be left in place. Every person’s wisdom teeth are slightly different so we assess the growth and position of these teeth and how they may impact the adjacent teeth before deciding whether to remove them.
We may suggest you have your wisdom teeth taken out if they are likely to cause gum problems, particularly where there is only enough room for them to partially erupt. When a wisdom tooth is partially erupted then it will still be covered by a flap of gum tissue, greatly increasing the risk of infections and tooth decay. Partially erupted wisdom teeth can also have deep pockets around them, allowing food and bacteria to collect and these pockets can be very tricky to keep clean. Our periodontists will also look at the way your wisdom teeth occlude or bite together with the rest of your teeth and whether they are likely to impact chewing function. We won’t recommend tooth removal procedure if your wisdom teeth are fully erupted and are perfectly healthy, are able to function properly and are not overcrowding the adjacent teeth.
Planning for Tooth Removal Procedure
Prior to removing a tooth, we will take dental x-rays to plan this procedure. This will show us the position of the tooth roots and allows us to decide the best and least invasive way to remove the tooth. Your normal teeth can often be extracted using an atraumatic extraction technique which is a kind of corkscrew action carried out using specialized tools to minimize the damage to surrounding tissues. With wisdom teeth, we may choose to remove them in several sections, particularly if a tooth is very large and has multiple tooth roots.
A little bit of discomfort is perfectly normal after a tooth has been removed, but it should soon settle down and of course we are always here to answer any questions about this treatment and to discuss possible ways to replace these teeth. If you have a tooth removal procedure in the front of the mouth then we can was provide you with a temporary tooth until you decide on a more permanent restoration.