There may come a point where it is no longer viable for a tooth to be restored with a filling, crown or other treatment. In this case the dentist will suggest that the best possible option will be to extract the tooth. A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jaw bone.
The dentist will first numb the area using a local anaesthetic so that you will not feel anything and will then use forceps to extract your teeth. They may put a couple of sutures in to hold the gum together and allow it time to heal. These will dissolve in around 7-10 days.
Tooth extraction may provide an affordable option – compared with root canal treatment, a tooth extraction can provide a cheaper option. It is however necessary to consider what you will do with the space that is left following an extraction, having an implant, bridge or denture can increase the cost dramatically.
Extractions can prevent further problems – wisdom teeth that are impacted can cause problems such as cavities, gum problems and abscesses, extracting them prevents further problems in the future.
Extractions can provide room for crowded teeth – if you suffer with overcrowding, extracting teeth can provide space for teeth to move prior to a course of teeth straightening.