Perth dentists provide easy guide to tooth extraction

20 April, 2015

Tooth extraction is not a subject that most people like to discuss on a regular basis. However, there are times when there is no other option but to remove a tooth.

Recently, Perth dentist Dr Lisa Khokhlova decided to provide patients and consumers with a helpful guide to tooth extraction on her blog.

According to Dr Khokhlova: "We know that tooth extraction can be scary for people of all ages. I got my start as an emergency dentist and have seen a lot of people come into my office in extreme pain. They are already in pain, but the uncertainty over what to expect can be even worse. I felt that a guide to when it is necessary to extract a tooth and a description of what to expect would be helpful."

Reasons for extracting teeth

The most common reason for extracting a tooth is when it has sustained extreme damage or trauma. This can be in the form of a severe infection, severe gum damage, a tooth that has too much decay to be repaired or a tooth that has been broken too badly to be repaired. However, there are many other reasons for teeth to be extracted.

If a tooth is malpositioned to a point where it is harming the bite or other teeth, it is often removed. If the tooth is useless or redundant, it can also be removed. Sometimes, a tooth will interfere with orthodontic treatment, necessitating its extraction.

Often a compromised immune system can make a tooth susceptible to infection. If it becomes severely infected, it is often removed. This can happen due to radiation therapy, chemotherapy or anti-rejection drugs due to an organ transplant, all of which compromise the immune system.

Wisdom teeth most often extracted

By a large margin, the teeth most often removed are wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are irrelevant at best and can do a lot of harm to the mouth. They can keep essential teeth from erupting. They can grow in a way that they don't fully erupt and cause pain. They are difficult to keep clean and can decay easily.

Two types of tooth extractions

There are two basic types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are visible from the mouth. Surgical extractions are usually performed on teeth that are damaged to a point where they aren't visible above the gum line.

Keeping it painless

Most teeth are extracted under local anaesthesia. Surgical extractions can be performed under local anaesthesia, too, but patients often opt for nitrous oxide or a sedative. Some prefer to have surgery while they sleep.

According to Dr Khokhlova, "We are always happy to provide local anaesthesia or a sedative. We will do whatever is necessary to take the fear out of tooth extraction."