Broken-down/infected teeth sometimes are unable to be treated with conventional root canal therapy. Removing a severely broken down/infected tooth can be beneficial to improving oral health and indeed whole-body health if the infection has been present for a long time. But this is not the end of the world! Here at Chartwell/Rototuna Dental Centres, we are lucky to have dentists who are professionals at this type of work. There are many replacement options to restore function & aesthetics ranging from implants to bridges or partial dentures.

There are two types of extractions:

  • A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. General dentists commonly do simple extractions. In a simple extraction, the dentist loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. Then the dentist uses an instrument called forceps to remove the tooth.
  • A surgical extraction is a more complex procedure. It is used if a tooth may have broken off at the gum line or has not come into the mouth yet. Surgical extractions commonly are done by oral surgeons. However, they are also done by general dentists. The doctor makes a small incision (cut) into your gum. Sometimes it's necessary to remove some of the bone around the tooth or to cut the tooth in half enabling it to be extracted.

Why people can get extractions?

  • Some people have extra teeth that block other teeth from coming in.
  • Sometimes baby teeth don't fall out in time to allow the permanent teeth to come in.
  • People getting braces may need teeth extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place.
  • People receiving radiation to the head and neck may need to have teeth in the field of radiation extracted.
  • People receiving cancer drugs may develop infected teeth because these drugs weaken the immune system. Infected teeth may need to be extracted.
  • Wisdom teeth can be hard to properly clean thus they can be left to decay and becomes susceptible to infections/cysts.

After the extraction, someone will need to drive you home and stay there with you just to monitor how you are doing. You will be given post-surgery instructions. It is very important that you follow them accurately. This will minimise any post operation uncertainties.

To find out if you could benefit from this or another procedure schedule your consultation with our practice today.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with a surgical or invasive procedure, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.


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