Tooth Extraction

A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. When a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, a dentist will attempt to repair the tooth using a filling, crown or other treatment such as root canal therapy. Oftentimes, there is too much damage for the tooth to be fixed, resulting in the tooth needing to be extracted.

There are many reasons why a tooth might require extraction including but not limited to; loose teeth that cannot be saved, severely infected teeth, baby teeth or extra teeth blocking the pathways to permanent teeth, impacted wisdom teeth or other medical issues which cause teeth to become infected due to a weakened immune system.

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are located in the very back of your mouth. Wisdom teeth are often removed either before or after they fully come in. Most commonly, wisdom teeth come in during the late teen years and early 20’s. Wisdom teeth need to be extracted if they are decayed, causing pain, or have an infection. Sometimes these teeth erupt healthy with no decay and proper alignment. More often, wisdom teeth have poor alignment causing them to crowd or cause damage adjacent teeth, the jawbone, or nerves. Frequently, wisdom teeth become stuck in the jaw which is called impaction. Impacted wisdom teeth irritate the gums, causing pain and swelling. In these cases, the teeth must be removed to prevent infection and other serious health issues.

How are teeth extracted?

The way in which your dentist or oral surgeon can extract a tooth depends on the tooth’s position, the shape of the tooth roots and the overall integrity of the tooth. Prior to your extraction, the dentist will inject a general anesthetic to numb the area before the procedure takes place. Most extractions are simple and straightforward, however depending on the position of a tooth, your dentist may have to remove a tooth in pieces.  

Give us a call today for a consultation to decide which option is best suited for you.


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