It doesn’t matter if you are comfortable with going to the dentist or not. When the time comes for a tooth extraction it can be a worrying and stressful experience that can be made a whole lot better when you have the right dentist.
Along with offering teeth whitening and other cosmetic procedures, we also provide our patients with those basic but necessary dental services, like tooth extraction. We take care to ensure that our patients have access to the best, most comfortable tooth extraction in Randburg and Johannesburg surrounds at an affordable cost.
Tooth extraction is the permanent removal of a tooth from its socket in the jaw bone. While it might for some be a nerve-wrecking experience, tooth removal is actually a fairly straight-forward and incredibly common procedure. For the vast majority of cases, the tooth extraction can be done at the practice near you, in the chair, with you in and out of the practice in a matter of an hour, give or take.
Your dentist will be able to tell you when a tooth extraction is necessary, but there are quite a few ways that you will be able to tell if you need to have a tooth removed.
Generally, the dentist will prefer to exhaust all their options before they settle on a tooth extraction, because such a procedure is so final. Common solutions to repair teeth before going through a tooth extraction include repairing the broken tooth with a filling, a crown, or with another more appropriate procedure.
When all else fails, tooth extraction is often the only resort. The signs that it is time for a tooth extraction includes:
The dentist has many ways of preparing to remove a tooth and they will usually start by referring to an x-ray and they will also have a look at the dental and medical history. When examining the x-ray they will have a closer look at the tooth’s length, its size, and its position. They will also look at the bone surrounding the tooth to see exactly how best to remove the tooth with minimal pain and minimal damage.
If the extraction is too complicated, which can be the case with wisdom teeth, the dentist might be inclined to refer the patient to an oral surgeon.
As the patient who is having a tooth extracted, there are also some things that you can do to prepare yourself, physically and mentally, for the tooth extraction.
First of all, you should never be shy to ask your dentist any questions that you might have about the procedure. Any good dentist will be more than happy to answer your questions and to also ease your nerves or concerns about the tooth extraction. While losing a tooth as a child was quite something, losing one as an adult is a lot less fun. When you are chatting to your dentist, also be sure to ask about the painkillers that will be used and that includes the anaesthesia.
Secondly, if you are on a medical aid, you should double check with them to make sure the procedure is covered. You can also use this opportunity to find out if you will need to pay in anything extra, as often the medical aid won’t cover everything.
Finally, you should consider after care. Depending on the severity of the procedure, you might want someone else to drive you home afterwards and you will also need to perhaps think about taking some time off of work to recover.
When going in for a tooth extraction, you should wear something comfortable, and perhaps not eat a big meal before you go in because the medication (and the nerves) could leave you feeling nauseas.
The extraction process is going to be determined by the type of extraction you are having done.
There are two main types of extractions: the simple and the surgical.
A simple tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. The dentist will numb the tooth and the gum, loosen the tooth and then pull it out.
A surgical extraction is a little more complicated because it is the process of extracting a tooth that has broken off at the gum line or which is stuck beneath the gum and is causing problems as it struggles to come out. General dentists can perform these types of extractions but often such extractions are done by a surgeon as sometimes these extractions need to be done in a hospital.
To ensure that wound stays healthy and the pain stays minimal, you will need to pay extra attention to the care process. The most important thing that you can do is to initially keep the area clean. While it is difficult to do this, because you need to eat and drink, during the first few hours after the procedure, you should eat and drink as little as possible.
The open wound will probably be stuffed with a bit of gauze to prevent too much bleeding, and the gauze should be left in place for at least 45 minutes, with eating and drinking avoided.
For the first 24 hours after the extraction, the open wound should be regularly rinsed and the teeth next to the wound should be kept clean as well.
There will be some pain and discomfort soon after the extraction but that should go away quite fast, as the mouth is known for healing fast.
If you are in need of tooth extraction in Johannesburg, you can contact Asnaan Dentistry for more information or to make an appointment.