While we at All Smiles Dentists strive to preserve your natural teeth, in cases where a tooth is too diseased, your dentist may recommend having the tooth extracted for the good of your dental health. Teeth are usually removed or extracted due to trauma, disease, extensive decay or damage or crowding.
To prepare the mouth for orthodontics, dentists may extract teeth. The purpose of orthodontics is to align your teeth properly, which may be difficult if your teeth are too large for your mouth. If tooth decay or damage reaches the pulp, microorganisms from the mouth can enter the pulp, causing infection and necessitating extraction. Infection risk may necessitate extraction.
Extractions can be simple or more complex, requiring surgery. Which of the two methods used for the extraction of a tooth will be decided on by your dentist. Teeth that are previously root treated and have a higher chance of breaking may require surgical extraction as well as roots that are below the gum. We used extraction techniques known as Atraumatic extraction. This involves the use of fine technical instruments called Periotomes. The tooth roots are detached from their membrane using gentle movements. Once completed, elevators are used to carefully raise the tooth from the socket, and finally, the tooth is removed using forceps. This process allows for less destruction of your bone and increases the possibility of an implant being placed in future.
Surgical extraction involves making of an incision or using a laser to expose hidden roots and gently elevate them from their sockets.
Extraction of wisdom teeth
Both surgical and non-surgical methods may be used for the extraction of wisdom teeth depending on their level/angle of impaction as well as how decayed they are. Wisdom teeth are generally only removed when they are causing a problem or in the case of orthodontics, where their removal may create spaces for braces to move teeth. Due to the technical nature of their removal as well as their proximity to the vital structures of the jaw, these extractions cost significantly more than other teeth. Your dentist may also suggest in-chair sedation for the removal to make you as comfortable as possible.
In cases of extreme impaction, you may be referred to a Maxillo-Facial Oral Surgeon to remove your wisdom teeth. In this case, you will be provided with a referral letter, and your X-ray will be emailed to you for reference.