At Glenmore Park Dental Services, we prefer to try and save your teeth rather than remove them. However, sometimes an extraction is the best option.
An extraction involves removing any decayed, damaged or loose teeth from its sockets in the bone. Only a professional dentist who specialises in mouth surgery can extract a tooth.
If you don’t require an extraction, our dentists will discuss other options with you. They will fully explain any procedure to you beforehand, and give you home care instructions and tips to minimise any discomfort afterwards.
Our aim is to help you heal as quickly as possible.
When do you need a tooth removed
If you have broken, damaged or decayed teeth, your dentist will first try to repair it with a filling, crown or other suitable treatment.
However, if the tooth is so badly decayed or abscessed that no other treatment will help cure your infection, extraction is the safest and only option.
There are also many reasons why someone might need a tooth removed:
- Extra teeth/tooth blocking other teeth from coming in.
- Baby teeth are not falling out to allow permanent teeth to come in.
- Getting braces and need to create room for the teeth moving into place.
- They are receiving cancer treatment and have developed a serious tooth infection, as the drugs have weakened their immune system.
- You have developed a serious tooth infection after an organ transplant.
- They have wisdom teeth that are decayed or infected, or are causing pain.
Wisdom tooth extraction
Wisdom teeth removal one of our most common tooth procedures at Glenmore Park
Wisdom teeth (i.e. the third molars) are located right at the back of your mouth. They usually come through in between the ages of 17 and 25, or even later. Some people will never get their wisdom teeth at all.
There are a some reasons why wisdom teeth need removing. One is that they are difficult to reach and clean with a toothbrush, so they can get decayed or even infected.
Another is that a smaller jaw can not fit all 32 teeth. So the final wisdom teeth come through at an angle, moving the other teeth and causing a lot of pain or discomfort. This can also cause gum infections, tooth decay or damage, and even jaw cysts.
Wisdom teeth extraction can be more complicated than regular extraction. You could need stitches, and may experience swelling and bleeding for a few days. However, some paracetamol or ibuprofen will usually help relieve the pain.
Before a tooth is extracted, your dentist will offer you a local anaesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed.
We can also use a general anaesthetic, especially if we’re removing more than one tooth.