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In most cases, with modern dentistry, teeth can be saved and restored. However sometimes teeth are so badly broken down or have some other serious problem that tooth extraction becomes the only option.
When is an extraction necessary?
- Overcrowding – if your teeth are too big for your mouth or extra teeth are coming through that are causing overcrowding and discomfort, a dentist may remove a tooth or teeth to help the rest of the teeth come through easily
- Significant decay or damage to the tooth – when a tooth is badly damaged enough that reconstructive work (such as fillings and crowns) would not be effective, extraction is sometimes the best treatment
- Wisdom tooth removal – If there isn’t enough space in your jaw for your wisdom teeth to come through, they may become impacted (stuck behind the tooth in front) and need to be removed
- To prevent infection – On rare occasions, even after the best care, an infection can occur. If the risk from infection is high, then it may be best to extract the tooth.
How is it done?
There are two main types of dental extraction.
- Simple Extraction – removes the teeth you can see above your gums. Simple extractions are performed under local anaesthesia and sometimes sedation. No surgery or suturing are required for simple extractions
- Surgical extraction – removes teeth or roots from below the gum line. General dentists perform surgical extractions using local anaesthesia and sedation or general anaesthesia. General dentists will often refer patients to specialist oral and maxillofacial surgeons when there is a risk of complication with a surgical extraction.
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