Sometimes a tooth is too damaged to be repaired, or saving it will damage your overall health.
Does my tooth require extraction?
A big part of our job is to save your teeth, but sometimes, a tooth is too damaged to be repaired. Other times, attempting to save a hopeless tooth will cause more damage to your overall health.
In these rare cases, we will discuss tooth removal with you, and your options for replacing the extracted tooth. Regardless of the reason, you should always be able to trust the dentist who is performing the extraction.
What can I expect at an extraction appointment?
Before beginning the procedure, we review your medical history and make sure that you are well informed. We will always numb the area completely with local anaesthetic first, then test the area to ensure your comfort.
From having you checked in to seeing you out, the appointment is typically 30-60 minutes. After the procedure, we ensure that you are well prepared to care for the area to ensure optimal healing, and of course, we are always a phone call away.
What are my options for replacing a tooth?
The best options are usually implants or bridges but a partial denture can be an option too.
This is a term for removal of all your teeth, and replacement with dentures. This is the last option for when things have deteriorated to the point where it is no longer feasible to restore all your teeth back to being healthy. The decision to go this route follows a thorough discussion between yourself and the dentist.
As adult teeth are trying to push through, their job is to eat away the roots of baby teeth so the baby teeth can fall out. In some cases, the adult tooth will not completely resorb the baby tooth roots and the baby tooth becomes stuck and cannot fall out on its own. In these cases, baby teeth may have to be extracted by the dentist to allow the adult tooth to come in properly and prevent future orthodontic issues.