‘Dentists Opt for Extraction if Damaged Teeth Cannot Be Restored,’ Explains Expert

Tooth extraction techniques for trauma and crowded teeth

Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why a tooth extraction might be in order: disease, trauma and crowding being the usual suspects.

“A dentist’s first priority is always to help restore the damaged tooth, either with a filling, a crown or other dental treatments. But sometimes the tooth or teeth in question have suffered entirely too much damage for restoration – this is where the extraction process enters the picture,” says Dr Kathrin Trelles, a leading Dubai-based implantologist cosmetic laser dentist and founder of Vilafortuny.

She adds: “Common causes for tooth extraction span a crowded mouth which can disrupt placement of braces or prevent eruption of new teeth from gums, infection when tooth decay extends to the pulp, risk of infection to a compromised immune system and periodontal disease.”

Woman lying in dental chair and dentist holding mold

So what should one expect when opting for a tooth extraction?

“Well, first, dentists or maxillofacial surgeons – that is, dentists with special training to perform surgery – generally perform tooth extractions. Prior to pulling the tooth, your dentist will give you a local anaesthetic to numb the area. And if you’re having more than one tooth pulled or if a tooth is impacted, your dentist may use a strong general anaesthetic. Sometimes, a hard-to-pull tooth will be removed in pieces, but the anaesthetic will keep you from feeling any of this. Once the extraction is complete, the dentist might place a few stitches to close the gum edges over the extraction site,” explains Dr Trelles.