Sometimes teeth can become so badly damaged or decayed that there is no choice but to remove them. It is not an ideal outcome, but it is best to follow the dentist’s advice when you are recommended to remove a tooth. Leaving the tooth alone can result in serious infection and other complications over time, not to mention severe toothache. You can help avoid the need for extraction by keeping on top of your oral health, visiting the dentist regularly, and completing any recommended dental work early. If you are experiencing toothache or swelling don’t delay, book in with your dentist immediately.
Why do I need a tooth extraction?
What happens during a tooth extraction?
We will always take an x-ray before removing a tooth so we can be sure we are extracting the correct one. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area, and the dentist will make sure there is no feeling before beginning to remove the tooth. Sometimes teeth come out quickly and easily, and sometimes they take a bit of extra work. If the thought of having a tooth pulled out makes you anxious we can offer sedation, however, please note this requires extra planning and it may be a few weeks until we can remove your tooth.