If your tooth cannot be saved through a cavity filling or root canal therapy, extraction may be required to prevent further damage or infection to the surrounding teeth or soft tissues. Extraction will also provide relief from dental pain.
If you have a persistent toothache or swelling, this could be a sign of a dental abscess. The first option would be a root canal, but if this is unlikely to be successful, extraction and restoration of the space might be a better option. Extraction may also be recommended if the tooth is damaged by trauma.
The area is numbed using a local anaesthetic, so you won’t feel any pain during the extraction. You might feel pressure as the tooth is rocked back and forth to loosen it from the bone. Your dentist will check that you are comfortable and pain-free at every stage. If your tooth is infected, extraction will bring your relief from the toothache.
A missing tooth should be replaced to help prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of alignment. We will discuss the options for replacing a missing tooth, including bridges, dentures, and dental implants.