Tooth extractions are sometimes necessary and unavoidable. There are a number of dental issues that can arise that could require an extraction, such as:
- Broken or decayed teeth
- Infected or abscessed teeth
- Poor health of the gum around the tooth
- Teeth which have emerged and grown crookedly
- Wisdom teeth, which, as they emerge, can cause difficulty chewing, pain and lead to declined oral hygiene.
Dr Keith Doonan will avoid extracting teeth whenever possible, but sometimes it has to be done. Smile though – times have changed and extractions are no-longer the feared procedure they used to be!
If you think you may need a tooth extracted, please contact our office today for assistance.
Why Are Tooth Extractions Necessary?
Although it is ideal for your oral and general health to retain your natural teeth, there may be times when a tooth needs to be removed due to extensive decay, periodontitis that has caused a bone infection, an irreparable fracture causing pulp damage or impacted wisdom teeth.
There also may be rare occasions when removal of children’s teeth is required to prevent crowding or to prevent teeth coming through crooked. However, if possible, it is preferred to address these problems through the use of orthodontics.
Removing a tooth is done only after every alternative option has been explored and a thorough examination has been conducted.
The way in which we remove teeth is dramatically different from 10 years ago. The development of new tools and techniques has reduced the trauma involved in extracting teeth, making the procedure a lot less painful.
It is very important to preserve the surrounding gum and bone when extracting teeth to minimise the shrinkage that occurs following tooth removal.
For those people who experienced a tooth extraction many years ago we are glad to report that you’ll probably find it a very different experience today!