Tooth extraction is performed for a variety of reasons. However, dentistry has evolved to the point where there are treatments designed to save a tooth: like root canal therapy. Root canal therapy is today no more painful than having a filling and prevents the need for extraction.
When is a tooth beyond saving?
Root canal therapy is great if you catch the tooth decay in time. In fact, catching tooth decay in time would mean you only need a filling. Root canal therapy comes after a filing. Reasons for tooth extraction other than tooth decay include:
Teeth damaged by trauma
Orthodontics: teeth can erupt in such a way that requires them to be extracted in order for your teeth to be brought into line.
Advanced gum disease (periodontal disease): this damages the tissue that connects the tooth to the gum. As the disease progresses the bone dissolves and the tooth becomes loose.
Impacted wisdom teeth
When you visit Duck Creek Dental we will examine your oral health and determine what the best course of action for you is. If one of your teeth does need to be extracted an x-ray will be taken to determine the best method of extraction. An x-ray is also important to ensure there are no abscesses are present.
If, on the x-ray, an abscess is present this will need to be treated prior to the tooth being extracted.
How is the extraction performed?
At Duck Creek Dental we perform two types of extraction:
A simple extraction is when the tooth is above the gum line and does not require surgery to be extracted. One of our friendly dental team will administer a local anaesthetic and then gently remove the tooth. You will feel no pain but you will feel slight pressure as the tooth is removed.
A surgical extraction is performed when a tooth:
-Has broken off at gum level
-Is present below the gum line
-Partially showing through the gum
You will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the area prior to a small incision being made. The gum will be pulled back and the tooth removed. Once the tooth has been extracted a swab will cover the extraction site and you will be asked to bite down on this until the bleeding has stopped.
Depending on your oral health we may suggest dental implants to replace the missing tooth. Dental crowns, bridges and implants are just some ways where missing teeth can be replaced in your smile. We will need to assess your dental situation before recommending which treatment will be the best for your individual needs. This will simply require booking into one of our dental practises across and speaking to our friendly staff.