A tooth extraction is the removal of the tooth entirely from its socket in the bone.
When a tooth is severely damaged, it may not be possible to repair it and it may also not be possible to treat any internal (root canal) or external (gum) problems with any level of predictable success.
Such teeth are deemed to have hopeless prognosis.
Here are some examples of conditions whereby a tooth extraction maybe necessary:
These teeth may have a poor prognosis even if restorative treatment is attempted. And it maybe better to have the tooth extracted and replaced for a more predictable long term outcome.
It is interesting to note that sometimes healthy teeth are also indicated for extractions. This is usually part of an orthodontic treatment plan to correct severe dental crowding with braces.
Lastly, we also very often extract baby teeth that are wobbly in our pediatric patients.
There are two types of extractions:
This is performed on a tooth that is fully erupted out of the gum and not impacted. Most simple extractions can be done under local anaesthetic. The entire tooth, including the roots are removed whole.
A surgical extraction is required to remove a tooth/root that may have broken off at the gum line or is impacted (incomplete eruption). Singaporeans/Singapore PRs can use Medisave to cover part of the surgical fees.
Anxiety Management for Extractions
We understand that you may often experience some anxiety about dentistry, especially when extractions and injections are involved. If you are very nervous and fearful, IV sedation administered by an anaesthesiologist will guarantee a smooth, anxiety free and pain free procedure. Please read here for more information about what we can do to help you manage your dental anxiety.