Tooth removal

Modern dentistry aims to preserve natural teeth. However, when the teeth have become badly damaged or decayed, they may need to be removed. Some of the options to replace the missing tooth or teeth include bridges, dentures and implants.

Wisdom teeth usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 21 years. Some people are unaffected by them, however, others develop painful conditions that will require the removal of wisdom teeth. Often there is little or no room to allow wisdom teeth to come through properly due to limited space at the back of the jaw. This can cause overcrowding of the existing teeth and impaction which can result in gum infection and facial swelling.

Diane Arnold