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.
Other situations when a tooth may require surgical extraction are:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Brilliant service, was offered appointment promptly. Was worried about procedure but Dr. Joe McEnhill and his assistant put myself at ease and completed a complex tooth removal skilfully and in one sitting with myself experiencing no discomfort or pain. Great to have such an excellent specialist practice here in Enniskillen."
"I had a very stubborn wisdom tooth removal today. Very professional service from the first phone call. The doctor and his nurse did a fantastic and professional job, made me feel very comfortable and relaxed. The secretary inside the door had all paper work in order and appointment on time and the place was spotless from top to bottom would recommend 100% Thank you to all the team in Belmore Dental."
"I first visited the practice over a year ago to rid of a troublesome wisdom tooth. I was nervous and was put totally at ease by the forever friendly Gail. Joe was so professional and talked me through absolutely everything, and carried out a tricky extraction like it was nothing! Due to such an amazing experience I decided to come back and get my teeth as healthy as they should be! I visited Joanna for hygiene and fillings and Catriona carried out a root canal treatment. Both ladies as well as all the staff were incredibly friendly, professional and made me want to go to the dentist... which is something I've never said before! I plan to visit regularly, and I couldn't recommend them enough for ANY treatment needed."
"I would highly recommend Belmore Dental. I had a difficult tooth extraction made easy by the team and the overall experience is extremely professional and helpful."
"One word, Brilliant! I was recently referred by my own dentist to Belmore Dental for a Surgical Extraction of a big back upper molar. To say I was petrified would be an understatement. I received a call a day after being referred and was brought in for a consultation a day later. He knew straight away that I was absolutely terrified, but he immediately put my mind at ease and assured me that all would be ok. I was in for my procedure the next day and all was done and dusted within the week. I was sore yes, but very glad that I was so well looked after.
Joe and the rest of the staff are absolutely fantastic and I would have no hesitation in recommending them for treatment especially if you're a nervous wreck of a patient!! Thank you, Joe!"