Retaining your natural teeth is ideal, but there may be times when a tooth needs to be removed for extensive decay; periodontitis (i.e. gum disease) that has caused a bone infection; an irreparable fracture causing pulp damage; an impacted wisdom tooth; baby teeth; or orthodontic treatment.
When deciding on a tooth removal you need to consider the impact losing a tooth may have on your lifestyle, such as problems associated with eating and chewing, pain in the jaw joint, and other teeth shifting.
Dr Henry will discuss all your concerns and give you all the information you need to make an informed choice. By providing you with all the details you can then consider the treatment that is right for you.
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt. They usually make an appearance during your late teenage years or early 20’s. If your wisdom teeth come through correctly, grow straight and offer no complications, then they do not need to be removed. However, this isn’t the case for most patients. Wisdom teeth are prone to cause many problems including pain, infection, tooth decay, misalignment and jaw damage.
Even if you cannot see your wisdom teeth they still may cause you problems.
Wisdom teeth can struggle to come through correctly and grow in your mouth crooked, sideways, or come through partially with the remaining tooth trapped under your gum. This is known as an impacted wisdom tooth, which can cause many unseen problems such as misalignment of jaw and teeth; tooth decay; infections; pain, stiffness and swelling; gum disease; jawbone damage; nerve damage; and cysts and tumours in the jaw.
Dr Henry will examine your wisdom teeth and determine the best treatment option, and consider removal if necessary.