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What is tooth extraction ?

Our team may recommend tooth extraction for various reasons, including infection, severe decay, or overcrowding. This procedure involves removing a tooth from its socket and is performed when other restorative methods are not viable.

A tooth extraction is a dental procedure that involves removing a tooth from its socket or alveolus. If preserving your teeth isn’t a suitable solution, we can perform tooth extraction and ensure it will be as painless as possible. Our dentists are experienced in tooth extractions.

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Do you need a Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction is considered when dental crowns, fillings, or other treatments cannot resolve the issue. Reasons for extraction include impacted teeth, severe gum disease, fractured teeth, overcrowding, or extensive decay. The American Dental Association also recommends wisdom teeth removal in some instances, such as repeated soft tissue infections, tumours, pain, or damage to adjacent teeth.

  1. Severe Tooth Pain: Persistent or severe pain can be a sign of deep decay or infection in the tooth. If the pain doesn’t subside with treatment or if the tooth is severely damaged, extraction may be necessary.

  2. Gum Inflammation and Infection: Swollen, red, or tender gums around a tooth, especially if accompanied by pus or discharge, can indicate an infection that might not be resolved through antibiotics or root canal treatment alone. In such cases, extracting the tooth may be the best option to prevent the spread of infection.

  3. Tooth Damage or Decay: If a tooth is extensively decayed or cracked and cannot be repaired with a filling, crown, or other dental treatment, extraction may be the only viable solution to prevent further oral health issues.

  4. Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth, or third molars, often become impacted, meaning they cannot fully emerge through the gum line. This can lead to pain, infection, and crowding of other teeth. Removal of impacted wisdom teeth is a common preventative measure.

  5. Overcrowding or Orthodontic Preparation: Sometimes, teeth need to be extracted to resolve overcrowding or to prepare for orthodontic treatment. Removing one or more teeth can provide the necessary space for the remaining teeth to be correctly aligned.

What is Included in a Dental Check-up

While your dentist at Galway Dentists prefers saving your natural teeth, tooth extraction is sometimes the best solution when dental crowns, dental fillings, and other restorative methods won’t fix the problem. You may need a tooth extraction for dental reasons. Some of these include having an impacted tooth, severe gum disease, a fractured tooth, teeth crowding, severe tooth decay, and other dental injuries. Meanwhile, the American Dental Association states that wisdom teeth must be removed if patients have repeated infections of soft tissue before their lower last tooth, tumours, pain in the wisdom tooth, damage to the surrounding teeth, extensive tooth decay, and cysts. Deciding if you need your wisdom teeth removed is always challenging, but we can help you determine if it’s what’s best for you. Visit us at 6 Father Griffin Avenue, Galway, Co. Galway H91 ERP4, to request an appointment.
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Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Most people have three permanent molars that develop in each quadrant of the mouth (upper, lower, left and right), and the third of these molars are commonly known as wisdom teeth. Unlike the first two sets of molars that erupt in childhood, wisdom teeth don’t usually appear until the ages of 18-20 – when people are supposed to be wiser. In reality, wisdom teeth aren’t different from your other teeth, except they’re the last to grow into your mouth.

As long as wisdom teeth grow properly, they’re just as useful as your other teeth, with a proper bite relationship and healthy surrounding gum tissue.
Our wisdom teeth removal will provide you with pain relief. Wisdom tooth extraction is a common dental procedure and, in the cases of impacted and complicated erupted wisdom teeth, can provide pain relief and improved quality of life.

Impacted wisdom teeth – Wisdom teeth are impacted when they’ve been prevented from erupting properly but are not necessarily impacted if they haven’t erupted.
Here at Galway Dentists, we’ll examine and x-ray your mouth to determine if your wisdom teeth are impacted or won’t grow in properly. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause problems such as infections, the decay of adjacent teeth, gum disease or the formation of a cyst or tumour from the follicle (the tissue that forms the crown of the tooth). Many dentists recommend wisdom teeth removal for impacted teeth to prevent potential problems from occurring in the future.

Erupted wisdom teeth – In some cases, erupted wisdom teeth may also need to be removed. If your wisdom tooth is non-functional, interfering with your bite, badly decayed, involved with or at risk of periodontal disease, or is interfering with the restoration of an adjacent tooth. Every case is different, and here at Galway Dentists, our experienced team will determine if you need your wisdom teeth removed.

Tooth Extraction Procedure

Tooth Extraction

Any of these procedures will be done in the dental clinic during your appointment. We may ask you to take antibiotics before the tooth extraction/wisdom teeth removal.
01. Tooth extraction procedure
  1. Local anaesthesia is administered for a pain-free experience.
  2. The tooth is loosened and removed with forceps.
  3. Sedation may be provided for complex cases.
02. Wisdom tooth removal procedure
  1. Anaesthesia type depends on the case’s complexity.
  2. An incision is made to expose the tooth and bone.
  3. The tooth may be sectioned for easier removal.

Post-procedure, we clean the site, stitch the wound if necessary, and apply gauze to aid healing.

What To Expect After The Treatment

  • Numbness Post-Procedure: Expect numbness in the treated area for a few hours; be careful not to bite your cheek, tongue, or lip.

  • Using Ice Packs for Swelling: Apply an ice pack intermittently (10 minutes on, 20 minutes off) to the cheek area to reduce swelling and discomfort.

  • Pain Management: Use over-the-counter pain relievers as directed for pain control, avoiding aspirin to reduce bleeding risk.

  • Soft Diet for Initial Healing: Stick to a soft diet like yogurt, soup, and applesauce to avoid irritating the extraction site.

  • Avoiding Strenuous Activities and Tobacco Use: Refrain from heavy physical activities and smoking to promote healing and reduce complications.

  • Gentle Oral Hygiene: Practice gentle oral hygiene, avoiding the extraction site, and rinse with warm salt water after meals and before bed.

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Alternative Treatment Options

Book a consultation today with one of our team, who will be happy to discuss these options with you in-depth

Why choose Galway Dentists for your wisdom teeth removal?

Galway Dentists’ skilled team are experienced with impacted and erupted wisdom teeth, and will help you make the best choice. We generally recommend the removal of wisdom teeth approximately when the roots are formed or three-fourths developed when the patient is usually in adolescence.
Wisdom teeth impaction is the most common medical developmental disorder, and our experienced team will access the tooth through soft and hard tissue, gently detaching the connective tissue between the tooth and bone, removing it quickly and cleanly. For more information about how Galway Dentists can perform your wisdom teeth removal and to book an appointment, call us today on (091) 58 22 22 or get in touch online.

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Benefits of this treatment

Pain Relief: Eliminates the source of discomfort.

Disease Prevention: Stops the spread of infection.

Protects Other Teeth: Prevents the spread of decay to adjacent teeth.

Improves Smile: Though it may leave a gap, we offer bridges, dentures, and implants for restoration.

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