Dr. Derek Clease only recommends a tooth extraction when methods of saving the tooth would not be effective.
Wisdom tooth extraction is a normal part of growing up. Most people have their wisdom teeth extracted at some point, usually in their late teens or early twenties.
While the teeth may not initially cause physical discomfort, the angle of impacted wisdom teeth can cause problems with adjacent teeth and can create inflammation and irritation as they continue to emerge.
In most cases, wisdom teeth are taken out to prevent overcrowding and maintain optimal tooth and gum health.
Having wisdom teeth out when you're younger allows for quicker healing and prevents future problems.
In severe but rare cases, wisdom teeth that are impacted can actually develop cysts that have the potential to weaken or damage the bone in the jaw; in these situations, extraction will be necessary.
The only other instances in which Dr. Clease will choose to extract a tooth are when the tooth has been damaged beyond repair by either decay or trauma.
Every effort will first be made to save the tooth before extraction is considered, via restoration options like fillings, inlays, onlays, crowns, or root canals.
If you need to have a tooth extracted other than your wisdom teeth, it is essential to your oral health that the tooth be replaced, so that the surrounding teeth do not shift out of position. Bridges, dentures and dental implants will be considered to restore your full smile.
We know that many people have fears associated with having teeth extracted. At the Vancouver Dental Spa, we treat this procedure with care, and will make sure you are comfortable throughout the procedure. If required, oral sedation is always an option.