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.
At 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.