Tooth Removal

At McKeefry Dental we provide treatment and support for tooth extractions, tooth removal, and wisdom tooth removal.

Tooth removal may be required for a number of reasons.  Often the individual is feeling some degree of pain or discomfort.  On assessing the situation the dentist may recommend that one (or more) tooth/teeth need to be removed or extracted.

Often teeth may need to be removed for one of the following main reasons:

  • Wisdom teeth - needing to be removed as a result of the position or angle of one or more of the emerging wisdom teeth
  • Gum disease - resulting in a loose tooth needing to be extracted
  • Preparation for dentures
  • Damaged tooth structure, e.g. vertical crack within the tooth
  • Teeth with extensive decay or damage
  • Treatment not effectively resolved through initial root canal approach
  • Overcrowding of teeth

Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom tooth removal is one of the more common cases requiring one or more teeth to be removed or extracted.  Often wisdom teeth are unable to erupt fully, and normally, within the jaw structure.

Wisdom teeth that fail to emerge fully into their correct position are often referred to as 'impacted teeth'.  These are often surgically removed, as impacted teeth often cause pain and discomfort for some individuals.

In very difficult or complex cases, you may be referred to a maxillofacial oral surgeon to undertake the procedure.

Reasons for Treatment

Left untreated, some of the common problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth include:

  • Infections under the overlying gum
  • Decay within the wisdom tooth or adjacent tooth
  • Damage to an adjacent tooth
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Bad taste and breath
  • Limited mouth opening
  • Cyst formation in the bone

Tooth Removal: Key Facts

  • Length of Treatment:  20 min -1 hour for single tooth removal.  1 - 1.5 hours for up to 4 wisdom teeth
  • For multiple teeth requiring extraction, appointments can be split across two or more visits
  • A single tooth can be removed on the initial appointment, especially in cases where the patient is in considerable pain.  Otherwise an initial visit is arranged to assess treatment approach, and teeth are removed on the following appointment.

Tooth Removal: Treatment Approach

  • Local anesthetic will be applied to numb the tooth, so no pain is experienced
  • The dentist will carefully apply pressure to extract the tooth
  • If required, stitches will be applied to assist the healing process
  • If stitches are used, the patient will need return for a follow-up visit 1 week later
  • Post-treatment instructions will be given to the patient
  • For patients feeling a little anxious, we also offer a pre-treatment oral sedation using Midazolam.  This requires the patient to arrive 45 minutes before the session to take the sedation tablet.  The patient must then remain on site until the appointment begins.

If you would like to arrange your initial consultation or you wish to understand more about tooth removal please Contact Us.