Your teeth are naturally strong. The enamel on your teeth is stronger than bone and, with good dental care, your teeth can last a lifetime. But, as strong as they are, teeth can’t heal on their own if they are broken or damaged. They may need to be extracted.

Why are teeth extracted?

A dental extraction may be necessary when:

  • an injury has caused severe damage such as breaks and fractures to your teeth.
  • decay has severely damaged the enamel of your tooth.
  • an abscess has formed within a tooth and root canal therapy is not an option.
  • braces are to be applied to correct the misalignment of teeth.
  • baby teeth or extra teeth are blocking adult teeth from emerging.
  • existing teeth are impeding the development or emergence of other teeth, especially wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth extractions

Wisdom teeth are the last adult teeth to emerge and their emergence is often impeded. They may become wedged or impacted at the back of the jaw, which can cause dental problems, including:

  • decay and infection. 
  • sore throat.
  • bad breath or taste.
  • mouth ulcers. 
  • cyst formation.
  • crooked teeth.
Wisdom teeth removal is a routine dental procedure at Gosford Family Dentist. There are two types of extractions: simple and surgical. Dental X-rays may be used to determine which method is most suitable for you.

How do I know if I need a tooth extraction?

As with all tooth pain and discomfort, it’s best to contact us to schedule a dental examination to identify the extent of the problem. Your dentist will determine if a filling or dental crown is sufficient treatment or if the damaged tooth is beyond repair. If a tooth can’t be saved, your dentist will recommend a tooth extraction.

At Gosford Family Dentist, all teeth extractions are completed with appropriate pain relief such as local anaesthetics or twilight sedation to ensure that you are comfortable during the procedure.