In most cases it’s preferable to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible rather than having them taken out. However sometimes teeth are so badly damaged or broken down that tooth extraction becomes the most viable option.
When is an extraction considered?
- Overcrowding – if your teeth are too big for your mouth or extra teeth are coming through that are causing overcrowding and discomfort, a dentist may remove a tooth or teeth to help the rest of the teeth come through easily.
- Significant decay or damage to the tooth – when a tooth is damaged to a point where reconstructive work (such as fillings and crowns) would not be sustainable, extraction may be the most logical option.
- Wisdom tooth removal – If there isn’t enough space in your jaw for your wisdom teeth to come through, they may become impacted (stuck behind the tooth in front) and need to be removed.
- To eliminate infection – There are a number of reasons a tooth infection can occur. If the damage from infection is high and the tooth is causing pain, it may be considered an option to extract the tooth.
It used to be that some people chose to have a tooth removed instead of having root canal treatment to relieve the cause of pain and keep the tooth long term. By removing a tooth, the rest of the teeth are put under more pressure and the adjacent teeth may start to move or tip in. It is best to try to maintain as many teeth as possible, to prevent chewing and biting problems later in life.
Advances in root canal treatment and anaesthetics mean it is not as uncomfortable as many people believe.
If cost is a barrier to choosing the best long term solution, we offer flexible payment options to work within your budget, so you can get the best treatment available now and pay later. Eligibility criteria applies.
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