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Extraction of a tooth can sometimes be necessary for health reasons or because of an injury.
Due to severe infection, severe tooth decay, or advanced gum disease, removal of teeth may be necessary. Typically, saving a permanent tooth is our priority. Still, there are times when the damage is too severe and other options aren’t available. In some cases, the best option is to remove the tooth.
Tooth extraction is the dental procedure of taking out one or more teeth from the socket in your jaw bone. When you have an infected tooth, dental decay that has ruined too much of the tooth to preserve it with a filling, or a jaw injury that makes it difficult for the tooth to stay in place, tooth extraction is typically essential.
Several factors can lead to your dentist recommending pulling a tooth. If your tooth is damaged beyond repair, having it removed may be the best option for your health. Consider some of these essential benefits:
Our priority is to preserve your natural teeth, offering restorative options like fillings and root canal treatments to avoid extraction whenever possible.
If extraction is necessary, our gentle team ensures minimal discomfort. We take a conservative approach, thoroughly evaluating the need for extraction.
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The situations in which we may recommend an extraction include:
- Advanced gum disease
- Broken teeth
- Impacted wisdom tooth
- Malformed teeth
- Severe infection
- Severe tooth decay
- Supernumerary or supplementary teeth (extra teeth)
- To prepare for dentures or orthodontic treatment
At your initial appointment, we’ll examine you to make sure that you need to have your tooth extracted. We may take X-rays and use other diagnostics to ensure we know what the problem is. When we determine to move forward with an extraction, we’ll tell you why and detail each step of the process for you. The examination will direct how we perform your extraction, making sure that it’s as efficient as possible.
A simple extraction is done if a tooth is visible inside the mouth. A dentist uses an instrument called an elevator to loosen a tooth for extraction. The tooth is then removed with forceps.
If the tooth is below the surface or impacted, surgical extraction would be recommended. This is a common procedure when removing wisdom teeth. During this procedure, your dentist or oral surgeon will make a tiny incision on your gums. They may have to remove or cut the alveolar bone around your tooth in order to extract it.
Thanks to the anaesthetic we have, you won’t feel anything. Our patients appreciate our sleep dentistry options, and you can use them for extractions. Sutures can be placed at the site to help with your healing when necessary. You’ll be given full instructions on what to do after your procedure to recover quickly.
At Smiles in Currambine, we make it a point to save your natural teeth. We will do everything possible to help you keep your teeth as long as possible. Restorative procedures such as fillings or root canal therapy are alternatives to tooth extraction that we will recommend if possible. We take a cautious approach and perform a comprehensive examination to determine that there are no other options and that an extraction is required for your dental treatment.
Simple, non-surgical tooth extractions can cost up to $285 per tooth, and if the tooth needs to be sectioned out, it can cost up to $350. For dental surgery or complex extractions of teeth or tooth fragments, the price can range from $375 to $700, depending on whether bone removal or tooth division are needed as well.
The cost of an oral extraction depends on many factors, including your dental anatomy, the complexity of the procedure, the level of damage in that area, and whether sedation is required.
Maintaining a good oral hygiene regimen is one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent the need for tooth extractions. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day can significantly reduce your risk of developing diseases and infections.
Nutrition is also vital in preventing the need for tooth extraction since it ensures that your body receives the resources it requires to fight infection. Avoid foods and beverages that can damage the enamel. A diet high in sweets, carbs, and starches can aggravate tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Visit your dentist regularly, preferably every six months, for routine checkups and cleanings. Scaling and cleaning your teeth can help maintain good oral health. Your dentist will also be able to recognise and treat dental problems early, thus preventing the need for extractions.
If you are experiencing dental discomfort or suspect the need for tooth extraction, don’t delay seeking professional care. Book your tooth extraction appointment now and ensure your oral health remains in optimal condition.
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