Dr Keith Doonan will avoid this whenever possible but sometimes it has to be done. Smile though, times have changed and extractions are no-longer the feared procedure they used to be.
Extractions are no-longer the feared procedure they used to be! Although it is ideal for your oral and general health to retain your natural teeth, there may be times when a tooth needs to be removed due to extensive decay, periodontitis that has caused a bone infection, an irreparable fracture causing pulp damage or impacted wisdom teeth.
There also may be rare occasions when removal of children’s teeth is required to prevent crowding or to prevent teeth coming through crooked. However, if possible, it is preferred to address these problems through the use of orthodontics.
Removing a tooth is done only after every alternative option has been explored and a thorough examination has been conducted.
The way in which we remove teeth is dramatically different from even 10 years ago. The development of new tools and techniques has reduced the trauma involved in extracting teeth. It is very important to preserve the surrounding gum and bone when extracting teeth to minimise the shrinkage that occurs following tooth removal. For those people who experienced a tooth extraction many years ago we are glad to report that you’ll probably find it a very different experience today!