While we at All Smiles Dentist 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.
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 based on the visibility of the tooth above the gum line. Simple extraction involves the tooth being loosened with an elevator and extracted with forceps. In cases where a tooth has not yet erupted or is broken, and little of the tooth is left to grab onto, surgical extraction will be used. Surgical extraction will involve an incision into the gum to remove the tooth.
Extraction of wisdom teeth
Surgical extraction is also used for impacted wisdom teeth which may prove problematic when they erupt. Any number of the four wisdom teeth may be removed if x-rays prove that there is a lack of space for these teeth, they seem to cause carious lesions on the teeth or may put pressure and screw the existing teeth. While the wisdom teeth can be surgically extracted by a facial maxilla surgeon in the hospital under anaesthesia, they can also be removed in the dentist's chair at All Smiles Dentist, eliminating the risk of anaesthesia and proving more cost-effective.
In both cases laser is used after extraction for disinfection and to promote healing.