Tooth Extractions (including Wisdom Teeth)

Why Would My Tooth Need To Be Extracted?

Removal of a tooth or teeth is only done after careful consideration and discussion with your dentist. Every effort is made to preserve teeth.

In an attempt to save a tooth, your dentist may recommend root canal treatment. However it is not suitable in every case and is recommended only if successful treatment is likely.

Reasons For General Extractions:

  • Extensive damage to a tooth: If a tooth is badly decayed or damaged due to trauma, extraction may be necessary.
  • Periodontal disease: Due to poor dental hygiene and a build-up of plaque and calculus (tartar) on a tooth, the gums may become inflamed and infected (periodontal disease). If not treated promptly, periodontal disease is likely to damage the underlying bone and other tissues around the tooth’s root.
  • Prevention of complications: If badly diseased teeth are not extracted promptly, complications such as infection or abscess in the teeth or roots, or the spread of infection through the blood stream to other parts of the body, may occur.
  • To improve appearance: As part of orthodontic treatment or a treatment plan to improve the appearance of teeth, your dentist may recommend removing a tooth which interferes with another.
  • Teeth with no function: A tooth without an opposing partner to grind against during chewing may be better removed.
  • Vertical cracks in a tooth: If a tooth is fractured vertically, a crack may be extending from the chewing surface of the tooth all the way to the root surface. They often show minimal signs and symptoms and may therefore go unnoticed.

After an extraction a missing tooth can cause nearby teeth to move out of their normal position and tilt into the gap. To prevent the neighbouring teeth from moving into the gap, a bridge, plate or dental implant may be necessary.

Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Wisdom teeth can cause serious issues and severe pain. If a problem is detected with the development of your wisdom tooth, it is advised that you have it removed as soon as possible

Do I Need to Remove an Impacted Wisdom Tooth If it Isn’t Causing Any Problems?

When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it is almost certain to cause issues if ignored, especially if it is a lower wisdom tooth. Impacted wisdom teeth are also notorious for causing severe pain. It is best to have an impacted wisdom tooth removed as soon as the problem is detected as to avoid any further issues.

Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal

From general oral hygiene to eliminating painful and unpleasant symptoms, there are many benefits to getting your wisdom teeth extracted.

  • You may find it difficult to reach your wisdom teeth with your toothbrush or floss. This leads to a build-up of bacteria, sugars and acids that can result in a cavity.
  • Being so hard to access with your daily oral hygiene regime, this accumulation of bacteria and food debris can cause bad breath.
  • If your wisdom tooth is still under the gums, growing in horizontally rather than vertically, this can put a lot of pressure on the surrounding teeth, leading to crowded and crooked teeth.
  • While still under the gums, your wisdom tooth can become irritated. The gum tissue sitting over the tooth can accumulate bacteria and food debris and become infected.
  • There is a possibility that further issues will occur the longer you wait and the older you get. This is because as you age, the jawbone surrounding the tooth becomes progressively dense making the tooth more problematic to extract. It may also take longer to heal.

Contact us today if you think you may need a general tooth extraction or have an impacted wisdom tooth. We are friendly professionals that can provide the best dental care. Please click here to read about the pain free dentistry options we can provide.

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