If due to decay, damage or gum disease a tooth is non-restorable the only option is to have the tooth removed from the mouth.
This is usually done in surgery using local anaesthetic to numb the area around the tooth to be extracted. Some teeth will be harder to extract than others but never the less the procedure should be pain free. Full after care instructions will then be given.
In certain circumstances it may be necessary for the extraction to be referred on to an oral surgery department or for very anxious patients a clinic which offers sedation. These are options which will be discussed when planning individual patient treatments.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth usually come through during your late teens or early twenties. In most cases wisdom teeth will erupt with little discomfort, however, as they are the last teeth to erupt, sometimes due to lack of space they can become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth grow at an angle; this can be seen on routine x-rays at checkup appointments. If the wisdom teeth are causing you to have repeated pain and infection (periocoronitis) or are causing damage to the teeth in front, the dentist will usually recommend they are removed. In some cases this may require a referral for minor oral surgery.