In the days before modern dentistry, dental extraction was not uncommon. Before root canal therapy became commonplace, a tooth infection meant extraction. When a tooth was damaged because of decay or trauma, often removing it was the only option. Today, preserving natural teeth is the best route to take when possible. Extraction is almost always the treatment of last resort, and we do not take it lightly.
When extraction is necessary, you want an experienced, gentle and compassionate dentist. You will be in good hands at our Katoomba, NSW surgery.
When We Might Recommend Extraction
If a tooth is diseased and left untreated, complications such as infection can occur, which puts your healthy teeth at risk. Even more worrisome is the fact that the infection can get into the bloodstream and can impact your entire body.
These situations might also warrant tooth extraction to protect the health of the rest of your teeth.
- A tooth that damaged because of an accident or trauma
- A tooth severely decayed tooth not even a root canal can save
- You have loose teeth because of periodontal disease. Advanced periodontal disease damages underlying bone and tissues around the tooth root, causing the tooth to become loose. When gum disease is this far advanced, we often cannot save the tooth.
- You plan to undergo orthodontic treatment, and your dentist has recommended extracting a tooth that is crowding others.
- You have a tooth that has cracked or split completely, and it cannot be repaired.
- You have a tooth that does not have an opposing tooth to aid in chewing.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Most people don’t get their wisdom teeth, also called 'third molars,' until they are in their late teens or twenties. Most people have four, although some may get fewer. There is often not enough space for the teeth to come through the gums; this causes the tooth to become wedged or 'impacted.'
For most people, it makes sense to have these unnecessary third molars extracted—particularly if they are causing pain or other problems. We usually recommend that patients have them removed when they are under the age of 30 when the bone surrounding the tooth roots is somewhat softer to allow for easier removal. We will go over your options so you can make the best decision for your oral health.
The Tooth Extraction Process
The type of extraction you will need will depend on a number of factors. Some teeth are relatively easy to remove, while others are more complex because of their location or the depth of the root. Our dentists will go over the procedure beforehand, so you know what to expect.
Patient comfort is our priority, and we want your experience to be as pain-free as possible. We will use the appropriate level of anaesthetic before beginning the procedure. We strive for efficient extractions that will heal quickly so you can return to your normal routine as soon as possible.
We invite you to contact Katoomba Dental Centre for gentle, virtually painless tooth extractions. Our team will take good care of you to make the process as comfortable as possible. Call our dental surgery to arrange your booking today.