Our team at Gleam Dentistry believe that every tooth is precious and one of the main goals will always be the preservation of your teeth. But if your tooth cannot be saved the offending tooth will need to be removed to improve your overall oral health.
Most extractions and are performed in our practice depending on the case and how complicated it is, our dentists may choose to refer you to a Maxillofacial Surgeon. This is something our dentist will discuss with you.
Why you may need an extraction;
- Severely decayed or infection
- Periodontal disease (Infection of the gum)
- Wisdom teeth
- Over crowding
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Dental implant
Dental extractions fall under two groups; Simple and surgical:
- Simple- A simple extraction is when the tooth is visible to the dentist and is above the gum. Local anaesthetic is used to numb the area, no pain should be felt only pressure. The tooth is then loosened with an instrument called an elevator. Forceps are then used to gently remove the tooth.
- Surgical- Surgical extraction is needed when the tooth is either broken, impacted or below the gum line. Local anaesthetic is used to numb the area, no pain should be felt only pressure. A small incision near the gum may need to be made and the tooth may be seconded of so it can be removed in parts, an elevator will then be used to loosen the tooth.
It is important to follow the dentist instruction for after care, you will be sent home with written instructions.
If you choose not to remove a tooth that needs extraction other more serious problems can occur such as increased pain, spread of infection, crowding or poor oral health. Each situation is unique and should be discussed with one of our dentists.