Services: Oral Surgery: Tooth Extraction

Tooth Extraction

There are a number of reasons why a tooth extraction is needed:

  • the tooth is severely decayed
  • advanced periodontal disease ("gum disease")
  • the tooth may be broken such that it cannot be repaired
  • other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted wisdom teeth)
  • preparation for orthodontic treatment ("braces")

Procedure for Tooth Extraction

Bangkok Oral Surgery, Tooth Extraction

Your dentist will need to examine your mouth and teeth before a determination can be made that a tooth extraction is warranted. As a part of this examination a x-ray (radiograph) will be taken of the tooth in question. This x-ray will allow your dentist to evaluate both the internal aspects of the tooth as well as the tooth's root portion and the bone that encases it.

Thereafter, your relevant medical history will be taken. Do make sure that you report to your dentist any problems with any previous tooth extractions, any bleeding problems or medical conditions in general. Also, make sure your dentist knows all of the medicines and supplements you are taking to avoid any complications in tooth extraction. As an example, aspirin is known to retard the blood clotting process.

Before your tooth extraction your dentist will need to anesthetize ("numb up") both the tooth that will be extracted and the jawbone and gums that surround it. The tooth is then removed and your dentist will give you a set of post extraction instructions to follow in the first 24 hours.

Effects of Missing Teeth

When a tooth is missing its neighboring teeth will tend to shift, sometimes significantly, which in turn can have a major impact on your dental health. Even the removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and the problem of a possibility that the surrounding teeth of predispose the teeth may shifted. To avoid these complications, in most cases, your dentist will probably recommend to you to replace the tooth that has been extracted.