Like most dentists, we believe in finding ways to save your teeth, instead of extracting them.
We would much rather keep your teeth healthy for life and your smile complete. But, removing your tooth is always a final option and a last resort, if it can’t be saved using another method.
If you do need to have a tooth extracted, then our dentists and oral health therapists will do a full consultation with you. We will discuss all of the options, and provide advice on what you should do before the procedure. This will help to eliminate any discomfort experienced and make sure you heal as fast as possible.
You will also be provided with home care instructions which you should follow once the extraction has been done.
Gum disease can loosen your tooth or cause serious damage. If your tooth has already been seriously damaged, then it’s strongly advisable to visit a dental clinic immediately where you can receive appropriate treatment and advice.
What Is Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction is a process of removing a tooth from its socket in the bone which has been damaged, decayed, or loosened.
It is critical that only a qualified and professional dentist who is a specialist in mouth surgeries can extract a tooth. If you try to do it yourself, you may cause serious harm to yourself.
Why Are Tooth Extractions Done?
Tooth extractions are a serious treatment and are one when an abscessed or decayed tooth is so severe that it is not possible to cure the infection by using any other available treatment.
If you have a tooth which is broken, damaged, or decayed, your dentist will first try to repair it by using a filling, or a crown.
But, unfortunately, there are times when none of these treatments is able to work, and the tooth is damaged beyond repair. If that is the case, then it needs to be extracted.
Here are the most common reasons a tooth will need to be extracted:
– Some people have an extra tooth or teeth, and that will block other teeth from being able to come in.
– Baby teeth may sometimes not fall out in time to allow the permanent teeth to come through.
– Someone getting braces may need to have teeth extracted to make space for the teeth which are being moved into place.
– A person receiving cancer treatments may end up with infected teeth. This is because cancer curing drugs are known to weaken the immune system during treatment. An after-effect is having to have infected teeth extracted.
– Some teeth may become a source of infection after an organ transplant, so need to be removed.
– Wisdom teeth which cause pain, are decayed or have an infection need to be removed.
Tooth Extraction Process
Before a tooth is extracted, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic. This will number the area where the tooth is being extracted. If more than one tooth needs to be removed, then the dentist may administer a powerful, general anesthetic.
During a general anesthetic, it puts you to sleep during the treatment and helps your entire body to avoid any pain.