Why Would I Need a Tooth Extraction?
While many teens and some adults get their wisdom teeth removed, there are 5 main reasons why tooth extraction may be necessary in adulthood.
- Significant decay or damage to the tooth
- Gum disease
- Extensive tooth cracks
- Poor positioning or functionality
- Fractured teeth beyond repair.
Tooth extraction performed by Dentists at Western Dental Hospital is a relatively quick outpatient procedure performed under local anaesthesia.
Our Dentists at Western Dental Hospital have special training in removing teeth under local anaesthesia and are very competent and quick.
If need be, we use Happy Gas for patients with fear and anxiety of dental procedures.
PLEASE NOTE: Those who are undergoing chemotherapy or are about to have an organ transplant may need compromised teeth removed in order to keep their mouth healthy.
Compromised teeth are teeth that are in danger of decay, misalignment or damage so severe that they’ll need to be removed.
IMPORTANT: Please tell your Dentist about any of the following conditions:
- A congenital heart defect
- Liver disease
- Thyroid disease
- An artificial joint
- Damaged heart valves
- Adrenal disease
- An impaired immune system
A history of bacterial endocarditis.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which treatment is fastest?
Thanks to advances in technology, just about every type of treatment is relatively fast. Although Invisalign might be the quickest and less visible solution.
Orthodontists make use of the full range of orthodontic appliances – not just one or two – and will recommend the type they believe is best suited to correcting your individual orthodontic problem in the most efficient manner possible.
To make treatment go as quickly as possible:
- Follow your orthodontist’s instructions on brushing and flossing.
- See your dentist for a professional cleaning at least every six months during orthodontic treatment, or more often if recommended.
- Watch what you eat if you have braces – avoid hard, sticky, and crunchy foods. Opt for foods that are soft and easy to chew.
- Beware of sugary, acidic soft drinks including regular and diet soda pop, fruit juices, fruit drinks and sports drinks. Tap water is recommended.
Wear your elastics (rubber bands) as instructed.
- Keep scheduled appointments with your orthodontist.
Does Orthodontic Treatment Affect Speech?
Speech changes can be observed for a few days after the braces are attached in the orthodontic treatment process. When using removable appliances, it may be difficult to pronounce some letters. However, speech returns to normal in a maximum of 1 week in both options.