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Do I Need To Have My Tooth Extracted?

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If you have started to experience a lot of pain with a tooth, then you may be considering having it extracted. An extraction is when the dentist surgically and carefully removes the afflicted tooth from your mouth.

In the first instance, we will always evaluate to see if the tooth can be saved. Even though modern restorations are very good at what they do, we understand that nothing will ever be as good as your own natural teeth. We will always explore the options of saving your tooth, which may involve a root canal to save the afflicted tooth.

What If My Tooth Is Not Saveable

In the worst case scenario that your tooth cannot be saved, we will always discuss with you (prior to the extraction) gap management options. There are multiple reasons why it is important to consider gap management options – the most obvious reason is aesthetics, especially if it is one of your front teeth. The other reasons, which are not as obvious, is the detrimental affects that occurs in your mouth after you have lost a tooth. This is known as bone resorption, which is a natural affect, where the area of the missing tooth, starts to fade away and deteriorate – which unfortunately has a knock on effect on your surrounding teeth, as they can become loose and start falling out themselves (the speed at this affects us will vary from person to person).

There are now multiple options that are available when it comes to replace a missing tooth. One of the most exciting and modern ways to do this, is through the use of dental implants. Implants are titanium or ceramic pegs that are placed into the jaw bone (can be done under sedation). They will act as the new roots of your new tooth restoration. The false tooth, bridge, or denture, will then be attached to the implants for a secure tooth replacement option.

To find out more information, please do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultation today.

Where in Coventry Can You Have Dental Work With Sedation?

If you are nervous or worried about having any kind of dental work, then one option to help ease your nerves is IV sedation. This is an easy solution for those who are nervous, and can help to reduce anxiety in the days leading up to the dental work, and gives the dentist freedom to complete the work without having to worry the patient. It also allows the dentist to complete up to multiple treatments in one session, perfect for those who need a lot of dental work but are worried about the treatment. It is also good for patients who may need a complicated dental treatment, such as dental implants.

IV Sedation: The Facts

If you have never had sedation from a dentist before, then you may be unsure about what kind of sedation it is, how it will affect you, and the treatments that are available with dental sedation in Coventry.

At our surgery, we offer a type of dental sedation which is injected intravenously into the patient. Under this type of sedation, you will be drowsy, but still able to hear the dentist and respond to requests. You will also be completely unaware of the sounds and smells or of the actual treatment, which does really help our anxious patients. The treatments will go quickly, and can feel like only a few minutes have passed while the dentist has actually performed complex and time-consuming treatments. IV sedation is perfectly safe for patients when operated by our skilled dentists.

Treatments available under IV sedation can be anything that needs to be performed by the dentist, including minor fillings, single extractions, multiple extractions, prepping the teeth for crowns, or even dental implant work. Any type of treatments that you can think of can be done using the IV sedation method.

Advantages in using IV treatments

There are several advantages to using IV treatments for both patient and dentist. The benefits for the patient include: increasing the calmness of the patient; reducing anxiety and nervousness which can mean that the patient can relax; less discomfort meaning that dental work is more pleasant; not fully under so you won’t need the same aftercare as for general anaesthetic. Patients may also lose any memory of the procedure after it happens, so the whole dental work will be completely trauma-free.

The advantages for the dentist include: attracting more patients – people come from near and far to have treatment under our IV sedation methods (as not every practice offers this); sedated patients helps dentists to work faster, and more accurately; its a more pleasant experience for patients often means a more pleasant experience for the dentist too.

How To Treat Really Badly Decayed Teeth

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What is Tooth Decay?

Tooth Decay is when a tooth has started to break down which causes cavities that can be quite painful if a nerve is left exposed.

As tooth decay progresses, it can lead to the death of the tooth, which will either require an extraction, root canal, or the tooth can even fall out by itself (will vary from case to case).

How is Tooth Decay Caused?

Your mouth is naturally full of bacteria already, that combined together with any leftover food particles and saliva, starts to build up a substance known as plaque on the surfaces of your teeth.

Whenever a person consumes a drink or eats food that is high in sugar or starch (carbohydrates), the bacteria found in plaque will use the energy from the carbohydrates and will produce acid that will break down the surfaces of your teeth.

Overtime, if this is left it can expose the nerves of the tooth which will cause toothache for the person.

Before and after - Smile Make Over

What Are The Symptoms Of Tooth Decay?

One of the most common symptoms you could have is tooth ache but it may not always be down to tooth decay. If you are suffering from tooth ache we recommend that you come in for an emergency appointment so we can examine what is causing the pain and what treatment would be best for you.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Discolourations spots on the surfaces of your teeth
  • Sensitivity/pain during drinking or eating
  • Regular bad breath
  • Unusual bad taste in your mouth
  • Your fillings may become loose

Please Note: There may be no tooth decay symptoms until you have a cavity, and regular dental health checks are recommended to ensure any potential problems are caught early on.

Before and after - Multiple Dental Implants

How To Treat Tooth Decay?

Treating tooth decay is a process of practicing a regular and healthy oral hygiene routine e.g. brushing twice a day and flossing etc. Prevention is often the best treatment as it will help maintain healthy teeth for longer.

Attending regular hygiene checks at your dentist or hygienist as they will be able to examine any build up of plaque and they can remove the excessive build up with their dental tools. As well as a general clean and polish, they will be able to identify how severe your tooth decay is (if it has gotten to that stage).

If your level of tooth decay has started to cause cavities, you may very well need to have fillings which will fill up the space created by the decay, as well as protect you from further decay and tooth ache.

In some severe case, the tooth decay will have been so extensive that the root of a tooth may of been badly affected, which could then kill the associated nerve. In cases like these, you may require a root canal (if the tooth can be saved).

In the worst case scenario, the tooth won’t be saveable and will have to be extracted. It is always preferable to try and save a tooth, as your natural teeth will always be the best to have!

If extractions are inevitable, there are such treatments that can provide you with a secure tooth replacement (dental implants) which will also promote healthy bone regeneration to the surrounding structure:

Before and after - Single Dental Implant

What To Do If You Think You Have Tooth Decay?

If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms or you are simply worried that you have tooth decay, please do not hesitate to arrange your appointment today for a check up.

The earlier a problem is caught it will be easier to treat and the chances of losing a tooth will be extremely reduced!


A Guide to Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Why do we have wisdom teeth?

Adults in Solihull can have up to 32 teeth. The wisdom teeth are the last to come through, right at the back. They usually appear when you are between 17 and 25, although sometimes they appear many years later. Nowadays people in Solihull often have jaws that are too small for all 32 teeth 28 is often the most we have room for. So if all the other teeth are present and healthy there may not be enough space for the wisdom teeth to come through properly.

Do they always cause problems?

No. If there is enough room they will usually come through into a useful position and cause no more problems than any other tooth. Often there will be some slight discomfort as they come through, but this is only temporary and will disappear once the tooth is fully in position.

What is an impacted wisdom tooth?

If there is not enough room, the wisdom tooth may try to come through, but will get stuck against the tooth in front of it. The wisdom tooth will be at an angle, and will be described by the dentist in solihull as impacted.

What problems should I be prepared for?

If part of the wisdom tooth has appeared through the gum and part of it is still covered, the gum may become sore and perhaps swollen. Food particles and bacteria can collect under the gum edge, and it will be difficult to clean the area effectively. Your dentist solihull will tell you whether this is a temporary problem that can be dealt with by using mouthwashes and special cleaning methods (and possibly antibiotics), or whether it is better to have the tooth removed.

What can I do to help myself?

If your gums are sore and swollen, use a mouthwash of medium hot water with a teaspoonful of salt. (Check that it is not too hot before using it.) Swish the salt water around the tooth, trying to get into the areas your toothbrush cannot reach. An antibacterial mouthwash such as Corsodyl can also reduce the inflammation. Pain-relieving tablets such as paracetamol or aspirin can also be useful in the short term, but see your dentist solihull if the pain continues.

But if it does not help?

If the pain does not go away or if you find it difficult to open your mouth, you should see a dentist in solihull. They will be able to see the cause of the problem, and tell you what to do. It may help to clean around the tooth very thoroughly, and the dentist hereford may give you a prescription for an antibiotic.

Are x-rays needed?

The dentist solihull will usually take x-rays to see the position of the root, and to see whether there is room for the tooth to come through into a useful position.

What are the main reasons for taking wisdom teeth out?

When it is clear that the wisdom teeth will not be able to come through into a useful position because there is not enough room, and they are also causing some pain or discomfort. If they have only partly come through and are decayed such teeth will often be more likely to decay as it will be difficult to clean them as thoroughly as your other teeth. If the wisdom tooth is causing a cleaning problem and has no real use. If the wisdom tooth starts to over-grow. This often happens if the lower one has already been removed or is impacted and cannot come through, and the upper one has no tooth to bite against. The upper one will come down too far, looking for a tooth to make contact with. If they are painful.

Are wisdom teeth difficult to take out?

It all depends on the position and the shape of the roots. Your dentist will tell you how easy or difficult each tooth will be to remove after looking at the x-rays. Upper wisdom teeth are often easier to remove than lower ones, which are more likely to be impacted. Your dentist in solihull will say whether the tooth should be taken out at the dental practice in solihull, or whether you should be referred to a oral surgeon at a hospital. Very occasionally there is a possibility of some numbness of the lip after the removal of a lower tooth your west midlands dentist will tell you if it is possible in your case. You will probably have either a local anaesthetic as you would have for a filling or sedation. You could also have a general anaesthetic (where you would be asleep), but this will usually be given only in a hospital.

Will it make any difference to my face or mouth?

Taking wisdom teeth out may cause some swelling for a few days. But as soon as the area is healed, there will be no difference to your face or appearance. Your mouth will feel more comfortable and less crowded, especially if the teeth were impacted.

What should I expect after a wisdom tooth is taken out?

The amount of discomfort will depend on how easy it was to take the tooth out. There is usually some swelling and discomfort for a few days afterwards, and it is important to follow any advice you get about mouthwashes and so on, to help with the healing. Some people also find homeopathic remedies help to reduce discomfort. Usual painkillers such as paracetamol, aspirin or ibuprofen will usually deal with any pain. It is best to stay fairly quiet and relaxed for 24 hours afterwards to make sue there are no bleeding problems. There may be some stitches to help the gum heal over. Your dentist hereford will probably want to see you again about a week later to check on the healing, and to remove any stitches. If you need an emergency dentist solihull then please contact our clinic.

What does it cost?

At hospital all treatment is free. At the solihull dentist it is free if you are under 18, or exempt from NHS charges. Otherwise the cost depends on what is involved. It is important that you discuss costs and payment methods with your solihull dentist before starting treatment.

Do you still have unanswered questions? Please feel free to submit them below!

By Dr Gursh Bajwa

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