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Extractions and Wisdom Tooth Removal at East Adelaide Dental Studio

In most cases, we want to help you preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible. However, there come times when a badly damaged or infected tooth cannot be restored. When that’s the case, it’s usually best to have it extracted.

Should I Pull My Tooth?

Illustration of tooth being extractedSome of the most common reasons why we recommend dental extractions involve teeth with:

  • Large, deep cavities
  • Cracked roots
  • Abscesses
  • Severe pain
  • Impactions or orthodontic concerns
  • Traumatic injuries

Illustration of wisdom teeth

Why do Wisdom Teeth Need to be Extracted?

Wisdom teeth are some of the most common teeth to be removed, simply because of their location. Due to lack of space and a high susceptibility to infection, a wisdom tooth extraction is usually preferred over repeatedly treating issues like decay and gum disease.

As the last set of molars to come in, wisdom teeth usually develop between the teens and early 20s. If we see that they’re starting to push against neighbouring teeth (leading to crowding or pain), causing facial swelling or will only erupt partially due to space concerns, surgical extraction is advised.

Your Exam and Consultation

Before extracting a tooth, we’ll need to evaluate all of the areas around it. An OPG or Conebeam scan may be needed to assess things like neighbouring root structures, bone density and facial nerves.

When we have all of the information we need, you’ll be able to make an informed decision about the best choice for your smile’s health.

Keeping You Comfortable

Your comfort during every dental procedure is important to us. Especially when it involves a minor oral surgery such as an extraction. To ensure that you feel as relaxed as possible, we offer optional analgesia and sedation options in addition to local anaesthetic.

Nitrous oxide (laughing gas sedation) is one of the most popular types of analgesic. You’ll be fully conscious yet feel more lighthearted and less sensitive to any stimuli. Valium can be prescribed if you feel generally anxious or have dental phobia. For more involved cases — or if you prefer to feel more like you’re napping — IV sedation is available.

After an Extraction

Unless we’re removing a wisdom tooth, you’ll want to have a plan for replacing the tooth that’s being extracted. Otherwise, your neighbouring teeth will start to drift out of alignment. Our practice offers a variety or restorative options ranging from dental implants to fixed bridges.

Get Help Today

For Extractions and Wisdom Tooth Removal Glenside, contact our office to reserve an appointment.

* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Tooth Extractions and Wisdom Teeth Glenside, Fullarton, Burnside, Adelaide Surrounds SA | (08) 8379 3529