Under certain conditions, tooth extraction is preferable to any alternative. Dr. Murray-Curtis provides surgical tooth extraction in the comfort of our Cheshire dental clinic, so you can feel comfortable and confident about the procedure. Before determining whether you need tooth extraction, the dentist will take X-rays and may also order a panoramic or cone-beam radiograph. These images, in combination with intraoral photographs and your dental records, will provide the details Dr. Murray-Curtis needs to prescribe the most fundamentally appropriate treatment for your case.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Also called third molars, wisdom teeth can become troublesome. Not only do they commonly become impacted, so that they cannot erupt, but if they do fully develop, wisdom teeth can cause crowding and alter your occlusion. Another problem is cleaning; wisdom teeth are so far back in the mouth, they can become difficult to clean and, thus, develop decay. The best time to have wisdom teeth removed is in late teen-hood or early adulthood. With age, wisdom tooth extraction presents the potential for more complications. However, whether your third molars have not erupted, are impacted, or are fully developed, Dr. Murray-Curtis can provide complete extraction, along with dental sedation to keep you comfortable.
When removing a few remaining teeth in preparation for dentures, Dr. Murray-Curtis takes care to keep the patient comfortable throughout the procedure. He offers sedation dentistry for patients who are fearful, stressed, or physically uncomfortable in a dental chair. The dentist also performs related procedures, such as bone grafting and implant placement within the Silk Dental Care clinic.
Other Reasons for Extraction
Some people are born with too many teeth, and extraction allows remaining teeth to move into proper placement, with or without orthodontics. There are also situations when a tooth will not erupt, either because it is behind the bony roof of the mouth (where it shouldn’t be) or it is impacted. Extraction is occasionally necessary to remove an internally infected tooth so that infection does not spread.
Replacing Missing Teeth
Research shows that the loss of one tooth can lead to more tooth loss if a prosthetic is not secured to replace the first missing tooth. So, tooth loss can become a downward spiral toward edentulousness (toothlessness). Because of this, you should have all lost or extracted teeth, except wisdom teeth, replaced with a dental bridge or dental implant.
Occasionally, the jawbone will deteriorate around the sockets where teeth are missing. Dr. Murray-Curtis also offers bone grafting to restore bone density so that dental implants can be secured. He can also perform implant surgery and restoration in our Cheshire dental clinic. Implants offer a dental prosthetic that closely mimic’s nature’s design, in that implants replace a tooth’s root and crown. Dr. Murray-Curtis can answer all of your questions about dental implants and implant-retained dentures to replace missing teeth, or you can find out more about dental implants by clicking here.