Katoomba Dental Centre

When a Damaged Tooth Cannot Be Saved

October 19, 2020
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Posted By: Katoomba Dental Centre

There are all sorts of ways to damage a tooth, and in some cases, your dentist can provide treatments to save it. But sometimes saving the tooth can put your oral health and adjacent teeth at risk. When this happens, your dentist typically suggests extraction.

Reasons Your Tooth Cannot Be Saved

Extensive and deep decay may mean extraction. Other reasons include injury and breakage below the gum line.

Your Katoomba dentist evaluates your tooth to see if treatment—such as a dental crown—can preserve it. If there are no other options, however, extraction is the typical treatment course.

Tooth Extraction in Katoomba

Your dentist makes sure the extraction site is numb before starting work. The process itself is very straightforward. You may feel movement or pressure against the tooth during treatment, but it is unlikely that you’ll feel pain.

A member of our team provides follow-up instructions to promote healing, but as a rule, you should avoid smoking for the first 24 hours, or drinking through a straw. Your dentist may also recommend soft foods for a day or so following extraction. Of course, we may provide more personalised instructions based on your unique case.

Most patients report a quick recovery and only minor discomfort following extraction. You can rely on over-the-counter pain reliever approved by your doctor or dentist as needed.

Tooth Replacement in Katoomba

Extraction does not mean you have to live with a gap in your smile. We offer tooth replacement options to restore your smile and your bite, including a dental implant.

Your dentist discusses the options with you and provides all the information so you can make an informed tooth-replacement decision.

We Are Here for You

If you have a damaged tooth, we encourage you to reach out to a member of our dental team to arrange an evaluation with our Katoomba dentist.

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