Our dentists here will always try to save a tooth if possible but sometimes due to certain circumstances the tooth may not respond to any treatment given and continue to cause you discomfort. In this circumstance the only option is the remove the tooth to not cause any further problems for the remaining teeth and to correct any discomfort you may have.
Some of the reasons why dental extractions may be recommended to the patient:
- Extensive damage to a tooth such as a badly decayed tooth beyond repair or damaged due to a trauma.
- Periodontal disease
- Prevention of future complications such as an abscess or infection being present if it is left it can cause further complications such as infection through the blood stream so our dentists prefer to deal with the problem before it escalates.
- To improve appearance which is common in orthodontic treatment which involves removing a tooth that interferes with another
- Teeth with no Function such as a tooth without an opposing partner to grind against during the chewing process.
- Vertical cracks in a tooth root which in some circumstances the crack may make repair not a possible option due to the extent.
Although the removal of a natural tooth can be quiet devastating to patients our dentists do offer all our patients many tooth replacement options before commencing with a dental extraction to make sure you are happy with the treatment before commencing as we want you to still be happy to wear your smile.
Replacement options include:
- Dental implants
- Partial dentures
- Complete denture
How will the dentist determine if any extraction is what I need?
Our dentists here will bring the patient in for an oral examination so they can have a look at the tooth in question and do some manual testing going off the symptoms the patient may be presenting at the time.
The dentist will also take an x-ray in house of the tooth in question on the day of examination and sometimes even send the patient off prior or after the appointment to the dental imaging clinic located nearby to have an OPG which will give the dentist a full view of the patients mouth to understand if an in chair extraction is suitable or if you will need to be referred to a oral surgeon to have the tooth removed.
Most patients are able to have their tooth extracted in the chair under local anaesthesia which only takes between 30mins to 60 mins to complete. However in some circumstances which is determined by the x-rays and OPG the patient may need to be referred this may be because of many reasons such as where the tooth is located in regards to the sinus or nerves or even just the angle the tooth is positioned in the mouth.