Extractions (Including removal of Wisdom Teeth)
Dentistry has come a long way over last 30 years and the need to remove teeth has been minimised dramatically; however there are still times when a tooth (or teeth) need to be extracted or removed. Your Dentist will be able to guide you to make an informed decision as to whether an extraction is necessary or whether other forms of dental treatment are available to you.
There are a number of reasons why your teeth may need to be extracted. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Tooth decay - If a tooth is very decayed, its nerves and blood vessels can die; leading to a painful abscess. Whilst a root canal treatment is usually an option sometimes an extraction may be necessary.
- A broken tooth – Most often a tooth can be restored adequately but occasionally f it can't be repaired it may need to be removed.
- Severe gum disease (periodontal disease) -This is caused by bacteria building up on your teeth over a long period of time and damaging the bone that holds the tooth in place. If treated early enough gum disease can be controlled. However if left un-treated the teeth become loose, may become quite painful and may need to be removed by a Dentist.
- Crowded teeth - If you have a small jaw or had lost some of your baby teeth early, your teeth may be crooked and you may need to have one or more teeth removed so the rest of your dentition can align or so that you may proceed with orthodontic treatment.
- Wisdom tooth – Not everyone has wisdom teeth or you may have them but they are hidden in your jaw and have not erupted or come through. After taking an OPG radiograph (x-ray of your whole jaw) we can then determine if you have wisdom teeth, how they are situated and whether they are impacted or stuck in your jaw.
Before any tooth extractions are carried out we will discuss your options, available treatments, cost and your concerns.