Dental Extractions & Wisdom Tooth Removal in Ramsgate
Like most dentists, Dr. Robert Ayar does everything possible to prevent his patients from needing a tooth extraction. But sometimes, pulling a tooth is necessary to protect a patient’s oral health. In some cases, the tooth that needs extraction is damaged beyond repair or needs to be extracted due to advanced gum disease. Wisdom teeth often require removal as well.
When extractions are necessary, including wisdom teeth extraction, you can count on Dr Ayar’s experience and gentle touch to ensure you are as comfortable as possible during and after the procedure.
At our Ramsgate, NSW dental practice, we will go over the procedure with you and provide you with instructions to promote healing afterwards. We can also go over your tooth replacement options, including dental bridges, dental implants and partial dentures.
Read more about tooth extraction at Ayar Dental below.
- The Tooth Extraction Procedure at Ayar Dental
- Caring for the Extraction Site after the Procedure
- Tooth Replacement Options
- Wisdom Tooth Removal in Ramsgate, NSW
- When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?
- Extractions in Ramsgate, NSW
The Tooth Extraction Procedure at Ayar Dental
Tooth removal is generally a simple process involving a local anaesthetic, so the area is completely numb. Our dentist near Sans Souci will gently wiggle the bad tooth until it comes out. He is very careful not to cause undue trauma to the surrounding gum tissue.
When we remove a tooth, we leave a hole—or socket—behind. This space will fill in on its own over the ensuing weeks. Dr Ayar will provide you with a folded piece of gauze to hold over the site to encourage healing.
Caring for the Extraction Site after the Procedure
It’s crucial in the days following the tooth extraction to follow Dr Ayar’s instructions to promote healing.
- Keep gauze at the site for about 45 minutes after your procedure, biting down on it very lightly. If bleeding continues, get a fresh gauze pad and try lightly biting down for another half-hour or so. Avoid anything with a sucking motion in the days right after your extraction, such as drinking through a straw or smoking a cigarette. This action can dislodge the clot that is forming and cause a painful condition known as dry socket.
- Avoid rinsing your mouth the day of your procedure. The day after, you can rinse with warm salt water, but do not swish vigorously. You repeat this as desired twice a day for the next three or four days.
- Most people will have some swelling after an extraction, especially wisdom teeth extraction, which is normal. It should dissipate on its own over the next couple of weeks. If it doesn’t seem to get any better, or if it is interfering with your ability to swallow or breathe, we recommend you go to the nearest emergency department.
- Keep to a soft diet in the first few days after your extraction. Meal replacement drinks, yogurt and soups will help you keep your strength up while you wait for the site to heal. You can gradually introduce more foods into your diet as your socket closes up.
- Use care when brushing and flossing, being extra gentle near the extraction site.
Tooth Replacement Options
Once the extraction site has healed, Dr Ayar helps patients with tooth replacement options in our Ramsgate dental clinic. We have a variety of tooth replacement options for patients to choose from.
Many patients want to replace missing teeth for aesthetic reasons. However, you should also replace missing teeth for the sake of your oral health. Your jaw and mouth are designed to function with a full set of teeth. With missing teeth, your other teeth can begin to drift into the empty spaces, which can lead to bite misalignment.
Your teeth also help support the healthy growth of your jaw bone and your facial structure. When you have missing teeth, it can affect your jaw bone health, causing your jaw bone to atrophy. An atrophied jaw bone can alter the shape of your face, changing your appearance.
Additionally, missing teeth can make both eating and communication difficult. Difficulty chewing can make enjoying your favourite foods hard, and difficulty speaking may make conversations with your friends, family and colleagues frustrating.
Fortunately, tooth replacement options, like dental crowns and bridges, can restore many patients’ smiles whilst helping to maintain their oral health.
Dr Ayar will take your needs and lifestyle into account before advising you on the best tooth replacement choice for you.
Wisdom Tooth Removal in Ramsgate, NSW
If your dentist has informed you that your wisdom teeth need to be removed, you are not alone. Wisdom tooth removal is necessary for many people.
It is important to remove wisdom teeth when a patient doesn’t have room for them. Wisdom teeth that are unable to erupt through the gum can become impacted. An impacted tooth is a tooth that is trapped within your jaw. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to the development of infections or cysts. A wisdom tooth may also partially emerge if there’s not enough space, which is also an infection risk.
In cases where the wisdom tooth fully erupts but doesn’t quite fit, the tooth can crowd nearby teeth, causing bite problems. Since crooked and crowded teeth are harder to clean than well-aligned teeth, a wisdom tooth that crowds your other teeth can also lead to tooth decay.
Prompt removal of the wisdom teeth is the best course of action when the jaw is not the appropriate size to support the teeth. Sometimes all of a patients wisdom teeth need removal. Other times, a single tooth may need removal. The necessary treatment will depend on your dental situation.
When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?
Generally, wisdom teeth are best removed at a young age. When wisdom teeth are removed early, the tooth root and bone structure have not yet fully formed, making the procedure and the healing process quicker and easier for many patients. It also preferable to remove the teeth before they cause any problems, such as an infection or tooth decay.
Not everyone needs their wisdom teeth removed. If you have space for wisdom teeth and they erupt appropriately, wisdom teeth removal may not be necessary. However, wisdom teeth removal is common.
Dr Ayar can examine your teeth in our dental clinic to give you the best advice for your specific dental needs.
Some common signs that your wisdom teeth need removal are:
- Pain in the area of the wisdom teeth
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
- Repeated infections near the wisdom teeth
If your teeth have not yet erupted or attempted to erupt, these signs may not be present. If you have questions about wisdom tooth removal, we invite you to call our practice at (02) 9529 5278 to speak with our friendly dental team.
Contact Ayar Dental in Ramsgate Today!
If you’re having tooth pain or suspect that you need a tooth extracted, we welcome your call to Ayar Dental at (02) 9529 5278 for more information. After a dental exam, Dr Ayar can let you know if an extraction is necessary or if another solution is more appropriate.
Dr Ayar is a skilled dentist experienced in performing tooth extractions to help keep his patients’ teeth and gums healthy. We love helping patients enjoy excellent oral health in the Ramsgate area, and we would be happy to help you.