Tooth extraction can become more complicated if a tooth has not emerged from the gum or has broken off below the gum line.
You will also require a surgical tooth extraction if you have a wisdom tooth that does not push through the gum or grows in at an awkward angle. This is known as an impacted wisdom tooth.
At Mint Dental Clinic, we have a dentist with a special interest in oral surgery and years of experience performing the procedures you need. With state-of-the-art technology and techniques, every visit to our clinic is comfortable.
What are some signs that I might need a complicated extraction?
- The gums partially cover the top of the tooth
- The tooth has partially emerged, but part of it is stuck in the jaw
- The jawbone completely covers the tooth
There are a few symptoms that indicate a wisdom tooth is impacted, such as:
- Pain around the tooth
- Swelling of the gums or jaw
- Soreness in the jaw
These symptoms usually arise due to an infection of the gums that causes inflammation and discomfort.
In other cases, you may need a surgical extraction where a tooth has broken off below the gum line, and your dentist cannot remove it.
What can I expect during a complicated extraction?
Before a wisdom tooth extraction, your dentist will likely take an x-ray to examine all the structures and tissues in your mouth and jaw that might affect how they perform the procedure.
If you have an infection, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics for you. You must take the entire course of antibiotics exactly as prescribed.
On the day of the procedure, your dentist will begin by giving you a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area.
Once the area is numb, your dentist will make incisions in your gum, enabling them to access the tooth.
Depending on the tooth’s position, the dentist may need to remove it in segments. They may also need to remove a small amount of bone to access the entire tooth.
Once the dentist has successfully removed the tooth, they will close the incision.
What can I expect after a complicated extraction?
After a complicated extraction, you may have some discomfort and swelling. Your dentist may give you a prescription for pain medication, or you can take over-the-counter painkillers.
You must eat soft foods for the first few days after the procedure. You should also avoid biting down on the surgery site.
Usually, you will feel back to normal in about a week.