While we try our best to preserve what nature has given, tooth extractions may be necessary for your overall oral health. Extracting your teeth may sound daunting, but we’ll help make the experience a positive one.
Before an extraction begins, our dentists will ensure that the gums surrounding the affected tooth is numbed before pulling out the tooth. Generally, our dentist will apply a topical numbing gel to your gums before injecting local anaesthetic to the extraction site. Once the area is numbed, our dentists will then begin the extraction process.
During the extraction process, it is normal to feel slight pressure as the tooth is being loosened and removed. You should not feel any pain apart from the applied pressure from the removal of the affected tooth. In the rare event that you still feel pain, do raise your hand to let your dentist know so that they can inject an additional or stronger dose of anaesthetic before continuing with the extraction.
Once your tooth has been extracted, a gauze will be placed over the site to minimise bleeding. It will take some time for the anaesthetic to wear off and once it does, it is normal for your gum to feel some soreness at the extraction site. As long as you take your pain medications as prescribed by your dentist, the pain or discomfort should be kept at bay as your gum heals.
Tooth extractions are common for adults with impacted wisdom teeth, excessive tooth decay, infected pulp and overcrowding.
As much as possible, our dentists will try their best to keep your teeth intact as it is. That said, there are times where a single tooth or teeth becomes so damaged or overcrowded that extraction becomes the only option left, in order to restore your overall oral health.
Tooth extractions are usually performed by a general dentist or oral surgeon and there are two types — a simple extraction or a surgical extraction. Simple tooth extractions are generally performed by a general dentist to remove visible teeth. Surgical extractions on the other hand usually involves one or more teeth that are impacted or fragmented inside the jaw and can only be removed through a small incision in your gums. A surgical extraction is often performed by oral surgeons.
Most of the time, tooth extractions — be it for wisdom tooth removal or aesthetic oral surgery procedures such as braces, are usually not covered by insurance providers. Patients typically have to pay out-of-pocket for such procedures.