Tooth extraction or dental extraction is the removal of tooth from the mouth. This can also be the basis for future cosmetic dental treatments.
Extractions can be simple or surgical. For both procedures, our aim is to make dental extractions as easy and pain-free as possible. Our patients are usually surprised at how little they feel during their extraction and afterwards. Simple extractions are usually performed when the tooth is visible, already loose. On the other hand, surgical extraction involves the removal of teeth that cannot be easily accessed because they have not fully erupted or they have broken under the gums. We will advise you on which extraction your tooth requires before performing any treatment.
The following conditions may require tooth extraction procedure:
Teeth that are rotten which cannot be repaired to prevent infection
For orthodontic treatment, a tooth needs to be removed to create space
Damaged teeth brought about by injuries such as trip or falls and sports accidents (ACC claims can be made for these injuries.
Gum disease that affects the tissues and sockets in the gum that hold the teeth in place making it to become loose
Overcrowded teeth which is the result of having a smaller jaw
Eruption of wisdom teeth which can affect the positioning and spacing of other teeth
When we decide that a tooth has to be removed, we may either do it at your regular check up or schedule this procedure. We may then recommend cosmetic dental options thereafter. As for pain control, you will also be given the choice of oral sedation or inhalation sedation. But you need not worry about the pain, because we'll take care of it.
Aside from the obvious problems of poor physical appearance and damaged self-esteem, missing teeth also cause subsequent dilemmas like loss of chewing ability or ineffective speech.
A large and misunderstood consequence of losing teeth is that if they are not replaced, the surrounding teeth generally move to compensate for the lost tooth and end up being lost a few years later due to increased bite force on the teeth and an inability to clean these teeth once they have moved. So you are fully informed, we will advise you on your replacement options before your tooth is extracted.