At Duggal Dental Clinic, we always aim to save the tooth and prevent it from future infection. However in certain cases where a tooth may be too damaged or too loose to be saved, extraction, unfortunately, is the only way. Other reasons for extraction may be
- Decay has reached deep into the tooth,
- Infection has destroyed a large portion of the tooth or surrounding bone
- There is not enough room for all the teeth in the mouth, to make room for teeth moved with orthodontic treatment
- Wisdom teeth are impacted (stuck and unable to grow normally into the mouth) and may cause recurrent infections of the gum (pericoronitis).
Extractions are often categorized as “simple” or “surgical”.
Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth, usually under local anaesthetic, and require only the use of instruments to elevate and/or grasp the visible portion of the tooth. Typically the tooth is lifted using an elevator, and then removed with dental forceps.
Surgical extractions involve the removal of teeth that cannot be easily accessed, either because they have broken under the gum line or because they have not erupted fully. Surgical extractions almost always require an incision to access the tooth, and suturing up of the extraction socket following the extraction.