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Extractions & Oral Surgery

Although we are committed to providing excellent preventive care and advice, it may sometimes be necessary to extract a tooth for the following reasons:

Benefits

Treatment steps

Aftercare
Immediately after your tooth has been taken out, try to keep the site clean by rinsing with warm, salty water. Encourage healing of the affected area by eating softer foods and chewing on the opposite side of your mouth. Also, try to avoid smoking or using a straw, as these can dislodge the clot that forms in the hole after extraction.

If you experience intense pain a few days after an extraction, you may have a condition known as dry socket, which occurs when a blood clot fails to form or is dislodged prematurely, exposing the bone. In this case, you will need to see the dentist who will help to rectify the problem and alleviate any pain.

Oral Surgery

Oral surgery is any medical procedure that is performed on the mouth, especially involving the teeth, gums or jaw. This type of surgery is performed by Dr Bruce Strickland. Oral surgery performed in a dental practice is quite common and normally only requires a local anaesthetic. Procedures include:

Tooth extraction
If a broken or decayed tooth cannot be repaired with a filling or other restorative treatment, it may have to be extracted. Tooth extraction involves removing the tooth from its socket in the bone. Reasons for removing a tooth include:

An extraction will either be a simple extraction, performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth, or a surgical extraction which is used for a tooth that has broken off at the gum line or has not yet emerged.

Dental implants

Dental implants are a long-lasting solution to missing teeth and can also provide increased stability to a new or existing denture. They consist of tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone to act as substitute tooth roots. Once these metal posts have fused with the jawbone and healed, they are used as supports for replacement teeth.

Jaw related problems
This type of surgery is performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons and common reasons for carrying it out include:

Detection and treatment of disease
During regular check-ups, dentists will look for signs of oral cancer and if necessary a surgical biopsy may be undertaken. This involves removing a small sample of abnormal growth or tissue for testing. If cancer is detected, surgery can also be used as a treatment method.

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