Our goal is to help you keep your teeth for as long as possible – ideally a lifetime – but in some cases the only option is to remove damaged or decayed teeth.
Some of the reasons we need to remove teeth include:
• Tooth decay – sometimes decay can reach the centre of your tooth, leading to infection. When this can’t be treated through antibiotics or root canal treatment, the only option is to remove the tooth
• Gum disease – if your gums become infected and can no longer support your teeth they will most likely need to be removed
• Crowded teeth – if your teeth are particularly crowded, you may need to have teeth removed prior to orthodontic treatment
• Impacted teeth – sometimes there isn’t enough room for a tooth to erupt, particularly wisdom teeth, and you may need to have it removed if it starts to cause problems such as pain and infection.
We appreciate that having a tooth removed can be a stressful experience, and you may be worried about the treatment itself and the appearance of your smile afterwards. Rest assured that we’ll be there every step of the way to make sure you feel relaxed and confident about the procedure and the results.
Having a tooth extracted is actually a fairly straightforward treatment, and we’ll give you a local anaesthetic to completely numb the area. If you’re feeling nervous we can also provide a sedative. This will help you to relax, but you’ll still be able to communicate with us throughout.
Once we’ve removed a tooth you’ll be pleased to hear that there are a number of different ways we can replace it. Dental bridges and implants both provide great solutions for missing teeth, and they’ll look and feel just like the real thing.
If you need to have a tooth removed, come and see us for a free consultation*. We can discuss the procedure in detail and also look at the different ways to replace your tooth.