Minor Oral Surgery
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 anyoral health issues turning into something far more serious and difficult to treat further down the line?
At Dentist@330 we regularly perform simple 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 causesthe 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 your dentist begins the procedure by numbing your tooth and the gum around it with a 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. In some cases this loosens the tooth enough so that it can be extracted although if not, extraction forceps are used to move it back and forth until it is eventually lose enough to come out.
After the tooth has been removed your dentist will smooth any rough bone edges and irrigate the tooth socket to remove any loose debris. Afterwards gauze will be packed into the socket to stop any bleeding although occasionally the socket may require a couple of stitches
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
As with simple extractions your dentist will first use local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding gum and jaw. If you are particularly nervous however, you may be able to have the tooth removed under sedation. Many people fear having a wisdom tooth extracted but the truth is that in many cases, especially if the tooth is fully emerged, the procedure is the same as a simple extraction.
If your tooth has not emerged or has but only partially the process is a little more involved and your dentist will need to perform a surgical extraction. This entails a flap being cut in the gum so that your dentist can access the tooth. They may also need to cut away some of the bone that surrounds the tooth and will possibly have to ‘section’ it by breaking it into several pieces to make the removal easier. There is no escaping the fact that a surgical extraction is more intense and will require more aftercare than a simple extraction but it is still a routine minor surgical procedure and nothing that you should get worried about.
If you’re in pain and think you might need to consider tooth extraction in Melbourne why not give us a call. Our friendly, qualified team will answer all your questions and will take care of you from the minute you contact us to well after your minor surgical procedure.