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Tooth Extractions

Are you trying to decide if your tooth needs to be taken out? Generally, dental extractions are due to the tooth being non-restorable or having aggressive periodontal disease. Having it pulled can eliminate the source of infection, pain, health risk to the teeth next to it and be the first step of smile reconstruction.

The first thing Dr Mark Chung (Dentist) will want to do is examine your tooth and have an X-ray taken. From there, he will determine if the tooth needs to be extracted.

“Should I Have My Tooth Pulled?”

Illustration of tooth being extractedTypically, we want to do everything possible to save your tooth. But Dr Chung will usually recommend having it taken out if your situation involves:

  • A deep fracture or crack
  • Severe bone loss around the tooth root
  • Decay that extends past the crown
  • Emergencies; severe toothaches
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Aggressive wear

Taking an X-ray helps us to see around the entire tooth to get an idea of what other factors are at play. If special accommodations are needed, Dr Chung can arrange to have an oral surgeon complete your procedure.

Usually the only alternative to having a tooth removed is to treat it with a root canal or filling. However, if Dr Chung feels that there’s not enough structure left to support either restoration, he’ll discourage it. If you still want to pursue a root canal but the tooth doesn’t last, you can put that investment toward a replacement, such as a dental implant.

Before removing a tooth, Dr Chung will make sure the area around it is completely numb. If you plan to get a dental implant in that area, we will take special steps to prep the bone for placement, which may take a little longer than if you’re having a tooth pulled with no plans to replace it.

Being anxious about a tooth extraction is quite common. We want to remind you that we’re here to help. There’s no pressure to rush through your procedure, especially if your mouth is sensitive. Anesthetic will be adjusted to ensure you don’t have to feel anything during the visit. It’s probably best to take a couple of days off after your extraction to recover. If your mouth is sore, we can prescribe a pain killer to alleviate the discomfort. Our office will follow up with you a few days after to ensure that you’re recovering nicely.

Replacing Your Tooth

Having extra space in your smile can lead to shifting and movement of your remaining teeth. To avoid irregular wear patterns, potential TMJ disorder and abnormal tooth wear, Dr Chung recommends replacing your tooth in a timely manner. In most cases, a dental implant is the best solution (as implants are non-invasive to other teeth).

Treating You Like Family

Should you get your problem tooth removed? For advice on dental extractions Artarmon, request a consultation today.


* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Tooth Extractions Artarmon, St Leonards, Chatswood NSW | (02) 9419 7484