Tooth extractions are a last resort option but they are often necessary for a number of reasons. While a root canal treatment can save a badly damaged tooth, it may not be enough to prevent an extraction if the infection cannot be managed.
Other reasons for tooth extractions include:
- Periodontal disease (gum disease)
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Broken teeth from trauma
Illawarra Dental Centre provides a full range of dental care procedures including tooth extractions. We start by conducting a thorough evaluation to assess the current state of your oral health. This also allows us to determine whether an extraction is necessary and the best course of action for doing so.
How Tooth Extractions are Performed
There are different procedures for extracting a tooth.
A simple extraction is done when surgery is not needed to remove a tooth. This involves administering a local anaesthetic and gently removing the tooth with the use of dental elevators and forceps. The procedure is fairly straightforward with minimal pain.
For more severe cases such as impacted wisdom teeth, a surgical extraction may be required. A local anaesthetic is first administered to the affected area before an incision is made on the gum, the tooth is then gently removed using precision instruments and the incision is closed up. You may experience some swelling and mild discomfort after the procedure.
To fill the missing gap following a tooth extraction, we may suggest dental implants which are artificial teeth that are securely joined to the jaw bone. We will need to assess your oral health first before making a recommendation.
Schedule a Consultation
Illawarra Dental Centre has extensive experience with a full range of dental care procedures including difficult tooth extractions such as wisdom teeth removal. Call us today on (08) 9249 7383 to schedule an assessment in our state of the art facilities.