extractions / oral surgery

One area of speciality within dentistry is known as oral surgery and this applies to procedures of a surgical nature, such as the extraction of teeth or wisdom teeth.

Oral surgery requires additional training in techniques to perform procedures with care, helping patients to be able to use their teeth and mouths again.

If you have advanced tooth decay or an impacted wisdom tooth, you may require oral surgery to have them safely extracted. Depending on your particular case and the severity of your problem, you will be given anaesthetic and offered sedation if you are anxious.

What are teeth extractions?

Teeth extractions refer to the dental procedure of removing severely damaged or infected teeth from the mouth. During teeth extractions, the tooth root is removed from the alveolar bone along with the crown and the rest of the tooth.

Do teeth extractions hurt?

Typically, during a tooth extraction procedure, sedation is administered to the patient to make them feel relaxed and comfortable. Also, many teeth that are subjected to extraction have nerves that are dead or dying, which means that the affected tooth may not be able to send pain signals out.

What is the recovery period like?

Once the procedure is done, detailed at-home care instructions will be given to the patient. To speed up the recovery and avoid any complications, patients must follow the given at-home instructions diligently. However, do know that the recovery period varies from patient to patient.

Can patients smoke after teeth extractions?

Smoking following the procedure is prohibited, as it can be a reason for different complications. Smoking can also cause the formed blood clot to dislodge, which leads to a painful dry socket. This blood clot plays an essential role in the healing of the wound. Additionally, several complications may occur if the patient smokes after teeth extractions, such as high blood pressure, dizziness, dry socket, risk of getting an infection, and slower healing process.