Sometimes if a tooth is beyond repair from advanced stages of decay, we may recommend extraction.
Tooth extraction is sometimes unavoidable. A tooth may need to be extracted if broken or if it is damaged by decay. If possible we will try to fix it with a filling, a crown or some other treatment. Sometimes the tooth cannot be saved and must be removed.
Extractions are performed under a local anaesthetic utilising special dental tools and instruments to remove the tooth from its socket. Our caring dentist’s will do everything they can to ensure our patients, experience very little discomfort throughout the procedure.
If your problem tooth is in a difficult position, our dentists may recommend a surgical extraction. Usually our caring dentist’s is required to make an incision in the gum and remove the tooth (in the case of wisdom teeth).
Here are some common reasons for extracting a tooth:
- Extra teeth may be blocking other teeth from erupting
- Fitting of braces may require teeth extraction to create room in the mouth.
- Infected teeth may need to be extracted.
If the removal is likely to result in an unsightly gap your dentist may discuss the options of replacing the missing tooth with an implant or a bridge to restore your original smile.
Wisdom teeth (also called third molars) are often extracted either before or after they erupt. This usually happens in late teens or early 20s. Impacted wisdom teeth are teeth that are stuck in the jaw and can't erupt properly. They must be removed if they are decayed or cause pain. Some wisdom teeth are blocked by other teeth or there may be no room for them to erupt. This can irritate the gum, causing pain and swelling.
You may wish to have your extraction carried out under GENERAL ANESTHESIA to minimize pain and discomfort.