Being told that you need oral surgery is not something any of us want to hear, but in actual fact, minor oral surgical procedures are really not daunting. Think about it, wouldn’t you rather have a minor oral surgery to prevent any oral health issues turning into something far more serious and difficult to treat further down the line?
At Dentist@330 we regularly perform simple extractions and wisdom teeth extractions. A simple extraction refers to the removal of a normal tooth, whilst, as the name states a wisdom tooth extraction is exactly that. Simple extractions may be performed for a number of reasons: a tooth is too decayed or damaged to save, it is severely misaligned and causes the patient to bite the inside of their cheek, or it is causing overcrowding in the mouth and needs to be removed so another orthodontic procedure can be performed.
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are usually extracted because there is a lack of space for them to grow properly which results in them becoming impacted, developing at an incorrect angle or unable to fully emerge through the gum or bone.
If you need a simple extraction the good news is that our dentists begin the procedure by numbing your tooth and the gum around it with local anesthetic. After this, they will enlarge the tooth’s socket so that it can be separated from the ligaments that help hold it in place. To do this a dental elevator, a wedge-shaped tool is inserted into the ligament between the tooth and the bone and gently manipulated.
As with simple extractions, your dentist will first use local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding gum and jaw. However, if you are particularly nervous you may be able to have the wisdom tooth removed under sedation. Many people fear getting their wisdom tooth extracted but the truth is that in many cases, especially if the tooth has fully emerged, the procedure is the same as a simple extraction.
So what is a root canal? This is the term given to the area inside a tooth where there is pulp, or a nerve – each of your teeth contains between one and four root canals. If the pulp or nerve within is infected or damaged in any way it will need to be removed and the canal cleaned and sealed to prevent further infection. Despite the nerve being removed your tooth will not be adversely affected in anyway. This procedure is known as root canal treatment.