Tooth Extraction in Pendle Hill

If found early enough, decay can be reversible (i.e. it goes away itself) without treatment. This is only the case when the decay is small and still within the enamel (the outside shell of the tooth). Preventive measures alone including use of fluoride may help reverse the decay, i.e. allow the tooth to ‘re-mineralize’. Decay that has spread through into dentine (the softer inner part of the tooth) will need treatment. This will involve a dental filling. The earlier the cavity is treated, the smaller and easier any filling will be. There are a variety of materials that are used for tooth decay treatment. The different materials, their advantages, how fillings are placed and much more is covered in our fillings for teeth section. When a tooth is extensively decayed a filling may not be enough to fix the tooth. It may need an inlay, an inlay or crown to restore it. If decay continues unchecked, it will reach the nerve of the tooth. As decay gets near the nerve this is usually when you might feel pain. When the nerve (pulp) of the tooth is damaged by decay, the tooth will root canal treatment, before the tooth is filled or crowned. If decay progresses unchecked, the tooth may eventually rot away to the root and the tooth will need extracted How is a tooth extracted?

What to Tell Your Dentist before You Have a Tooth Pulled

Although having a tooth extraction is usually very safe, the procedure can allow harmful bacteria into the bloodstream. Gum tissue is also at risk of infection. If you have a condition that puts you at high risk for developing a severe infection, you may need to take antibiotics before and after the extraction. Before having a tooth extraction, let your dentist know your complete medical history, the medications and supplements you take, and if you have one of the following:
Damaged or man-made heart valves
Congenital heart defect
Impaired immune system
Liver disease (cirrhosis)
Artificial joint, such as a hip replacement
History of bacterial endocarditis

As a preventive measure, the dentist will first perform an X-ray examination of the problematic teeth to help plan the surgical procedure. After preparing the extraction method, you will be provided with a local anesthetic to prevent you from feeling pain during the procedure. Next, the dentist will use a tool called an elevator to lift the teeth and loosen the ligaments and gum tissue around the roots of the teeth. Finally, the dentist will use a pair of tweezers to gently shake the teeth back and forth until the teeth break away from the ligaments that hold them in the gum tissue. Sometimes stubborn teeth resist the dentist’s soft pull and refuse to come out. In these and more complex cases, it may be necessary to break the tooth into smaller pieces for removal.

Once the tooth has been pulled, a blood clot usually forms in the socket, Dentist will pack gauze into the socket and have you place pressure on the area by biting down.  If necessary, the dentist will place stitches to close the socket.

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