Extractions and Minor Oral Surgery

Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed.
Some of those reasons are:

A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired.
Infection: If tooth decay or damage extends to the pulp — the centre of the tooth containing nerves and blood vessels — bacteria in the mouth can enter the pulp, leading to infection. Often this can be corrected with root canal therapy (RCT), but if the infection is so severe that antibiotics or RCT do not cure it, extraction may be needed to prevent the spread of infection.
A crowded mouth: Sometimes dentists pull teeth to prepare the mouth for orthodontic treatment.
Risk of infection: If your immune system is compromised (for example, if you are receiving chemotherapy or are having an organ transplant) even the risk of infection in a particular tooth may be reason enough to pull the tooth.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease: If periodontal disease have caused loosening of the teeth, it may be necessary to pull the tooth or teeth.

Wisdom teeth:

Wisdom teeth or third molars usually do not push through the gums until people are in their late teens even older. Most people have four wisdom teeth. If the jaw does not have enough space for the wisdom tooth to come through, the tooth becomes wedged in or “Impacted”. Some impacted wisdom teeth may cause severe problems hence they should be removed as soon as possible.

Problems caused by impacted wisdom teeth:

  • Infection
  • Crowding
  • Pain
  • Cyst
  • Ulcer
  • Food trap
  • Reabsorption cavity
  • Removal

In most extraction cases, an x-ray is needed to help us plan the best way to remove troublesome teeth/wisdom teeth. The removal of teeth can be performed under local anaesthesia, IV Sedation or general anaesthesia. These options, as well as the possible surgical risks, will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed.