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How do I know if I need a tooth extraction?

Teeth are some of the strongest parts of our bodies; you might be surprised to learn that the enamel that covers our teeth is even stronger than bone. So, it’s important to maintain your oral hygiene to protect your strongest assets. However, despite how well you look after them, sometimes broken or damaged teeth may result in a tooth extraction. Read on to understand why.

Why would I need a tooth extraction?

While your dentist may cite many reasons for a tooth extraction, some of the most common reasons include:

  • severe damage such as a break or fracture, often caused by an injury.
  • tooth decay.
  • an abscess that’s untreatable.
  • misaligned teeth.
  • adult teeth blocked by baby or extra teeth.
  • wisdom teeth or other teeth that are impacting the development or emergence of others.

Why are wisdom teeth extracted?

The most common reason for having a tooth extraction is to remove painful or troublesome wisdom teeth. Due to the natural way that adult teeth emerge, wisdom teeth are often the last to come through but can be significantly impeded by the existing teeth. This can result in wisdom teeth growing at an impaired angle (even sideways!). If left untreated, you may experience jaw pain, decay, infection, sore throat, bad breath and mouth ulcers.

How are teeth extracted?

After completing a dental X-ray, your dentist will present one of two options on how to best extract your tooth:

1. Simple extraction

When the tooth can be seen above the gumline, dentists will often opt in for a simple extraction. This is a very common procedure that uses a local anaesthetic and requires loosening the tooth so that it can be removed from its socket. 

2. Surgical extraction

In a surgical procedure, most commonly used during wisdom teeth removals, your dentist will make a small incision in the gum to access and remove the problematic tooth. At Gosford Family Dentist, we offer twilight dentistry which involves a general anesthetic that puts patients into a gentle sleep-state for the duration of the surgery. This helps our patients to feel relaxed, comfortable, and pain-free. 

Do I need a tooth extraction?

Your dentist will make the best decision for your teeth and overall health based on a dental examination. Sometimes a dental issue can be resolved with a filling or dental crown without the need for a tooth extraction. However, if you do need to have one or more teeth removed, you may talk to your dentist about dental implants to achieve a natural looking smile. 

Talk to Gosford Family Dentist

If you’re experiencing tooth or jaw pain, get in contact with us at Gosford Family Dentist today instead of waiting until your next check-up. Acting quickly may minimise any damage caused by a tooth that may need extraction.

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