An extraction is the complete removal of a tooth. Extractions are necessary when a few issues may arise. The most common extraction most know about is wisdom teeth, as nearly all people have them removed. It is important to have these teeth removed as if they aren't, oftentimes, they cause infections and overcrowding.
Extractions might also need to take place for the following reasons as well:
- A primary tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth
- The tooth has suffered extensive tooth decay or trauma that cannot be repaired
- The patient has gum disease
- The tooth is impacted – this is usually the case with the third molars, or “wisdom teeth,” as they erupt years after the other teeth and often have insufficient room in the jaw
Depending on the complexity of the case, an extraction can be performed surgically or non-surgically. A mild anesthesia is used to ensure the patient is as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure. If you are having issues with your teeth, please give us a call and let us identify the issue first. We assure you that we'll do everything in our power to keep your existing teeth, but if severe issues persist, removal might be necessary. Give us a call today if you're having any concerns with your teeth.