Tooth extractions in Bromley

Tooth extractions in Bromley

Although a dentist will always strive to preserve your natural teeth and keep them healthy, there are times when it is better to have a tooth removed. This can happen for many reasons. Children often have some of their non-permanent teeth removed to facilitate teeth straightening, whereas adults suffering from severely damages, decayed or impacted teeth are advised to have them extracted.

Tooth Extractions in BromleyAt All Smiles Dental in Bromley, we believer prevention is always better than cure. That is why we will do our best to keep your teeth and gums healthy. However, if we cannot save your tooth, we may recommend an extraction to restore your oral health. Although tooth extractions are very common and relatively painless, you should never have a tooth removed without a consultation with your dentist.

We are here provide to provide you with full aftercare advice, and will also discuss replacement options for your missing tooth, such as dental implants and bridges. We will discuss the benefits of having the tooth removed while answering your questions and concerns. Extractions at our practice are usually carried out under local anaesthetic, but if you are particularly nervous we also offer sedation options.

Why are extractions necessary?

There can be a variety of reasons for extracting a tooth. More commonly, decayed or damaged teeth may need more than a full coverage crown or root canal treatment to keep the tooth functional. In this case, instead of going through complex and expensive treatments with doubtful results, it may be better to have your dentist remove the tooth and replace it with a permanent and lifelike dental implant.

Teeth extractions may also be necessary for effective teeth straightening. Crowded teeth can cause problems and put too much pressure on the jaw. If enough space is opened up through the removal of one or more teeth, the remaining teeth can be aligned properly. Early removal of wisdom teeth can also prevent permanent damage to your healthy teeth and jawbone. If your wisdom teeth are in a bad position, it is always advised to remove them before their roots are fully formed. Finally, baby teeth can also be extracted if they are out of position. This will help the permanent teeth erupt normally and prevent the need for teeth straightening treatment in the future.

Extractions

Extractions

We know that nobody likes the idea of tooth extraction. Losing a tooth for whatever reason is traumatic, and the term “extraction” is enough to strike fear into many a patient’s heart. But sometimes extraction is the only option, and if you do find you need a tooth taking out, you can rest assured that you will receive the highest quality of care to make the experience as stress-free as possible. We will, of course, do everything within our power to prevent you from needing an extraction in the first place.

tooth extractionOne of the most common oral surgery procedures is wisdom tooth extraction. The wisdom teeth are the last to appear, often erupting in the late teens. Because of their late arrival, they are prone to becoming impacted or not erupting properly, which can cause a range of problems including discomfort and difficulty removing any plaque. Cysts can sometimes form around wisdom teeth as they develop internally, which could damage surrounding teeth or your jawbone.

Other reasons for needing tooth extraction include failed root canal therapy, severe decay or damage, and certain orthodontic procedures.

Most patients require just local anaesthesia to have a tooth extracted. However, for nervous patients and those who require more complex procedures or have problems keeping their mouth open wide for a long period of time, we offer treatment under sedation, under the supervision of our resident anaesthetist Molly Hedley. Molly will administer intravenous sedation and will carefully monitor you for the duration of your treatment.

We will provide you with comprehensive aftercare information following a tooth extraction. Any post-extraction pain can usually be managed by over-the-counter painkillers, although you must not take more than the stated dose and should contact us if you feel they are not working.

We will also provide you with information about tooth replacement options, including dental implants and bridges. In some cases it is possible to place a dental implant at the same time as removing your tooth – please speak to your dentist if you are interested in this option.