In this blog we’ll aim to answer the main questions surrounding an extraction when you may need one and some tips on choosing the right specialist for the procedure.
First off, let’s start with some of the symptoms, which signal it’s time to visit us.
Misplaced teeth can often lead to impaction and crowding. Impaction is a term used to explain the shifting of a tooth in the wrong position, making it useless to your smile’s overall function. Overcrowding on the other hand occurs when your teeth are crowded in one location, and there isn’t enough space for them all to fit correctly.
The main reasons for tooth decay are often a result of poor oral hygiene, a bad diet, and plaque formation.
A tooth infection can be extremely painful, especially if left untreated. It can also lead to extensive damage in the teeth and gums and often, the only solution to this type of severe infection is to have an extraction.
Periodontal diseases are also a common reason for tooth extraction. They can often lead to damage of the alveolar bone and periodontal ligaments. An extraction can help prevent any further damage from occurring and in many cases is the best solution available.
Once you’ve had your dental examination, it is time to choose between a dentist or an oral surgeon for your extraction. The truth is that while both dentists and oral surgeons like our doctors are qualified and trained to perform tooth extractions, dentists generally do not pull teeth in every circumstance. There are instances when surgical intervention is required, and an oral surgeon should be chosen in these cases.
To help ease the decision-making process, ask, ‘Do I need a simple or surgical extraction?’ Teeth that are visible above the gum line, which are undamaged, likely require a simple extraction. In this case, a local dentist can perform the extraction properly and safely. However, if the tooth that needs to be extracted is damaged, hidden, or infected, the extraction falls under the category of surgical. A surgical extraction involves a small incision into the gum to remove the tooth. In some cases, the surgeon may need to remove some of the bone around the tooth or cut the tooth to remove it.
If you are worried you need a tooth extraction or experiencing any of the above symptoms, please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 3974 1777.