Complex Tooth Removal
What is a Complex Tooth Extraction?
A simple tooth extraction refers to the removal of an easily accessible and loose or mobile tooth, often performed quickly and uneventfully.
A complex tooth extraction is not as straightforward as this, due to the fact that teeth have a myriad of ways to position themselves and in order for them to be removed safely, a small surgical procedure is required. An X-Ray is always required before extraction.
Wisdom teeth, extensively decayed teeth, or broken teeth require time and skill to remove.
Molars usually have multiple roots and sometimes they will be removed separately. However not all roots or fragments of roots can be removed easily, thus the dentist will make an incision in the gums and to raise a flap of tissue so that the tooth and surrounding bone is exposed and the tooth removed. The gum is then stitched back up to allow the socket to heal.
Removing a tooth is an art, it requires the expertise of a well-trained surgeon and also the professional assessment of the position and the knowledge of the risks that this procedure might involved.
A well-trained dentist, who has extensive experience in dealing with complex extractions, is required to deal with such cases. Toheed has performed many wisdom tooth removals during his career and is comfortable performing complex extractions.
The most important measure after a tooth removal is to keep the area clean in order to prevent any infection developing.
Immediately following the extraction, the dentist or nurse will ask you to bite down gently on a piece of sterile gauze, sometimes for up to 30 to 45 minutes, to allow a blood clot to form.
You will be given specific instructions on how to keep the extraction socket clean. It is important that you do not smoke or rinse your mouth too vigorously following the extraction. It is important to avoid eating on the side of the extractions to prevent food getting stuck in the healing socket.
Some pain and discomfort is expected following an extraction. For some cases, the dentist may recommend a pain killer or prescribe one for you.
Using an ice-pack can help to alleviate any discomfort. This discomfort should gradually reduce within 7-14 days following the extraction. It is important however to contact the dentist if you experience prolonged bleeding or pain.