Extractions, the removal of a tooth or part thereof, is often associated by many people with the removal of their wisdom teeth. However, there are be a range of other reasons why a tooth or teeth may need to come out. One common reason is due to orthodontics, where more space is needed to move and align teeth correctly.
Some less fortunate teeth can become infected via dental caries (tooth decay) or periodontal disease (gum disease) to the point they are no longer able to cope in the oral environment and thus need to come out.
Other times a tooth may be cracked, fractured, or broken to the point where it cannot be saved. This can happen whilst playing sports, due to an accident or injury, and by eating something too hard for the tooth to handle.
On occasion we also must help baby teeth to come out so the adult teeth can come through if the baby tooth has been sitting there wobbly for tooth long. Unfortunately, it can cause a few problems.
- A build-up of fluid causing a painful swelling where the adult tooth is trying to eruption.
- The adult tooth erupting in the different place than what is it supposed to, this is called ectopic eruption but can also be cause by other factors.
- The adult tooth locking itself in the bone and not erupting at all, this condition is called ankylosis.
Whatever the reason maybe for needing an extraction. We are here to help you before, during and after as well as answer any questions that you may have. You can bring someone along for moral support as we understand losing a tooth can be a big thing.
If you are feeling extremely nervous and anxious we do offer nitrous oxide (happy gas) and intravenous sedation (I.V. Sedation) at Personal Dental Care as a potential option so please do not hesitate to ask our dentists if this is suitable for you.