Try as we might to look after our teeth, sometimes decay or damage is so severe that extraction is the only way that we can keep the remainder of your teeth healthy. Extraction may sound like a frightening prospect, but thanks to advances in modern dental techniques, it is now a simple and painless process that can help you enjoy better oral health.
Occasionally it may be necessary to pull out a perfectly healthy tooth. This is normally only ever done if there are too many teeth in the mouth and it is overcrowded. However, removal of the wisdom teeth, which are found at the very back of the mouth, is a common occurrence.
Wisdom tooth removal
The wisdom teeth are almost always the last teeth that we receive in our lifetime, and often come through when we are in our late teens or even early twenties. By the time they arrive, all of our other adult teeth are already in place and often, there simply isn’t room for the wisdom teeth to come through properly. They can come through partially, twisted or at an angle. When this happens, the teeth are referred to as ‘impacted’ and if they are causing problems such as pain or infection, they will require surgical intervention to either help them through or remove them altogether.
The wisdom teeth can be found in the very back of your mouth, one tooth in each corner. Quite often if one wisdom tooth needs to be removed, they all do. It is easier to remove all of the wisdom teeth at one time than have to return several months later because problems with another wisdom tooth have developed.
The extraction procedure
Whether you are having wisdom teeth or unhealthy/damaged teeth extracted, the process remains the same.
First, you will have your mouth numbed so that you cannot feel any pain. This is done via a quick injection, that shouldn’t feel like any more than a little scratch when it is administered. Within a few minutes, your mouth should feel completely numb.