In some unfortunate situations, a tooth is compromised beyond repair and needs to be removed.Tooth removal is usually fairly straightforward and will normally heal up without incident, however sometimes it can be a bit harder to removeand need extra attention, or the healing process doesn’t go smoothly.  Ineither case we will do everything we can to make the experience as comfortable as possible for you.  It is important to note that smoking can delay healing and lead to a dry socket, and you should avoid smoking for as long as possible afterwards while it is healing.

Before a tooth is removed, it is prudent to consider what will happen to the space that is left behind.  Leaving a gap where the missing tooth is can have detrimental effects over time and it is worth considering replacement.

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Particularly when talking about replacement with dental implants, a tooth can often be replaced with a dental implant at the same time, or else the site can be protected with grafting materials that prevent the bone from shrinking away as it heals. Unless the extraction is urgent, having a discussion about whether you might replace the lost tooth before having it out could be beneficial. That’s not to say that you can’t replace a missing tooth after the fact, but there are more unknowns and it might be more complicated.

If you need a tooth removed or want to talk to someone about replacing a missing tooth, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on (07) 3379 1328