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Tooth Extractions in Enniskillen

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Taking the fear out of tooth extractions at Belmore Dental Implant Clinic

There are many reasons why a tooth may need to be removed. Perhaps a baby tooth is in the way of an adult tooth, you may have a tooth which has been damaged beyond repair due to an accident or decay, whatever the reason, you can rest assured that you will be in very safe hands with our expert team.

Although having a tooth removed is one of the most common dental procedures, with millions of them being carried out on a yearly basis, it still remains a treatment that often causes great fear and anxiety amongst patients.

In the expert hand of our oral surgeon extractions of all types are extremely quick, painless and involve only a minimal amount of recovery time if any at all. There really is no reason to worry about having a tooth extracted at Belmore Dental.

What are the two types of extractions?

  1. A simple extraction – A simple extraction is a very straightforward event. Your dentist will numb the area with a local anaesthetic and gently remove the tooth.
  2. A surgical extraction – Surgical extractions are necessary in some circumstances, such as when the crown of the tooth is badly damaged and the soft tissues around the tooth need some manipulation to allow for the tooth to be removed

Other situations when a tooth may require surgical extraction are:

  • The teeth are very fragile
  • Long or curved roots
  • The teeth are impacted, such as with many wisdom teeth
  • The bone around the tooth is very dense
  • The root tip has fractured

At Belmore Dental Implant clinic our oral surgeon carries out both simple and surgical extractions every day. Not all dentists provide surgical extractions and as such many of our patients come to us on referral from another practice, talk to your dentist about our referral scheme or feel free contact us for further information.

Helpful advice following an extraction

After an extraction the main aim will be to allow a clot to form in the socket and create a barrier between the bone and the outside world. We hope the following tips will help to aid in a quick recovery:

  • Take painkillers at the right time and steer clear of Aspirin
  • Allow your body the chance to rest and recover
  • Use gauze to control any bleeding that might occur
  • Resist the urge to panic
  • Always rinse your mouth out very gently
  • Use an ice pack on the area to control swelling if needed
  • Eat a soft diet for 1-2 days
  • Avoid cigarettes and alcohol for the days following an extraction

How long will it take an extraction to heal?

Everyone is unique so there is no fixed rule on how long a tooth extraction site will take to heal. For most people, they will be feeling totally back to normal within a few days and the socket will make a full recovery within 3-4 weeks.

Why might my extraction site feel sharp?

If you feel a sharp edge in or around the extraction socket, this Is usually nothing to worry about. Tiny fragments of the socket can become dislodged during the extraction and make their way to the surface. These will usually loosen on their own and you will either safely swallow them or spit them out.

What is a dry socket?

Some minor pain or discomfort following extraction is entirely normal. However, should you start to experience sensitivity as opposed to a dull ache, or have trouble eating, drinking or speaking this may indicate that you have a dry socket. This occurs when the blood clot fails to develop or dislodges before the wound has healed.

The blood clot forms a protective layer over the underlying bone and nerve endings in the tooth socket, if the blood clot fails to form or dislodges, this exposes the underlying bone and nerves, resulting in an intense pain.

If you do experience a dry socket over the counter medications alone will be unable to treat the condition, you will need to return to your dentist in order to have a medicated dressing applied to the socket, if an infection is also present then a course of antibiotics may also be prescribed.

Symptoms of a dry socket

  • Severe pain after a tooth extraction, radiating pain from the socket to your ear, eye, temple or neck
  • Blood clot lost from the extraction site
  • Visible bone in the socket
  • Bad breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to emerge and are found at the very back of your mouth. Not everyone will have wisdom teeth that come through, if they do, they will normally begin to appear between the ages of 17-21. Sometimes wisdom teeth can cause issues, because in most cases there isn't enough room in the mouth for them to grow properly.

If there is a lack of space the teeth may come through at an angle or are only partially able to push through the gum. This is known as an impacted wisdom tooth, and in most cases, these impacted wisdom teeth will need to be removed. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your wisdom teeth then you should make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible.

Signs that you should have your dentist examine your wisdom teeth include:

  • Pain around the side of the face or jaw
  • Pain when biting or chewing
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Aching or throbbing pain around the back of your mouth
  • Difficultly opening your mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Headaches