Tooth extractions may be needed when a tooth has been broken or damaged beyond repair. They also may be required when undertaking straightening options in order to create space to align the teeth.
Sometimes baby teeth don’t fall out correctly which can affect the way the adult teeth come through. Dental extractions may also be required when wisdom teeth come through at an angle, making it difficult to keep the area clean or are causing pain/infection around the overlying gum.
Prior to the extraction, an x-ray will be taken in order to plan the best way to remove the tooth. Please make sure you inform us of any changes to your medical history as well as any allergies, if you haven’t already done so.
We understand that a visit to the dentist can be stressful, especially if you haven’t attended for a long period of time. Many people who are nervous about the dentist may put off any appointments until they have severe toothache and gum infections.
Not attending regularly may lead to more avoidable treatment being needed. Prevention is always better than having treatment done, in particular if you are a nervous patient.
Here at St Mary’s Place Dental Practice, our dentists aim to provide gentle, pain-free dental care. From the beginning of your first appointment, we will take the time to discover what you are comfortable with and tailor your appointment to your personal needs. Whether you just want to meet the dentist without looking inside the mouth, whatever your needs may be.
We are fully qualified to offer Conscious IV Sedation which is a technique whereby medication is used to help you relax whilst you’re having treatment done.
Dental Sedation is an option in order to help take away anxiety whilst having treatment, a suitable solution for people who have a severe dental phobia. This procedure can be used alongside many dental procedures from tooth cleaning to more invasive procedures.
Once the sedation begins to take effect, the patient feels at ease and the treatment only takes place once the patient is fully relaxed and sedated. The patient’s breathing and pulse will be closely monitored by a trained nurse, you will be able to understand and respond to questions but it is possible you may not remember much of the treatment. This will help to make the visit far more relaxed and pleasant.
Sedation is different to general anaesthetics due to being awake in comparison to being fully under. General anaesthetic is prohibited in dental practices.
Root Canal Treatment
In certain cases where the pulp inside of a tooth is infected or damaged as a result of decay or trauma, you may require a root canal.
The pulp can become infected with bacteria and this can spread which can result in a painful abscess. Your dentist will clean and disinfect the tooth before filling and seal it.
This is a very effective way of saving teeth!
Have you considered Dental Implants?
Missing teeth can often be replaced by Dental Implants, a proven and safe solution to getting your smile back, allowing you to be able to chew and bite more effectively.
A Dental Implant is an artificial tooth root which is made of titanium, and is placed into the jaw. After a period of healing, a natural looking tooth is then screwed onto the implant. The remaining bone and tissue will then adapt to having the implant and mesh around it making it secure and giving it a very natural appearance.
We have many patients that have chosen Dental Implants to replace missing gaps, who are surprised at how easy it is to live with in regards to eating as well as how natural looking the tooth is. They also often mention that they don’t realise it’s there.
As the implant acts as a normal tooth, it’s straight forward to clean which therefore means it does not jeopardise surrounding teeth providing you maintain good oral hygiene.