No one enjoys the prospect of having a tooth pulled. But sometimes a tooth extraction is necessary after the dentist makes every effort to repair and restore a tooth. In the case of wisdom teeth, many dentists recommend their removal before they’re fully developed to eliminate potential problems.
When teeth become extensively decayed or damaged, such as broken or cracked, an extraction may be needed. Excessive decay puts patients at the risk of an oral bacterial infection, while teeth affected by advanced gum (periodontal) disease often loosen to the extent that they are pulled.
Teeth that are poorly positioned and/or affecting surrounding teeth may be pulled to ensure good future oral health.
Teeth are sometimes extracted to make needed space for improved teeth alignment through orthodontic treatment such as braces.
Extra teeth – also known as supernumerary teeth – may block other teeth from breaking through the gum.
Because chemotherapy weakens the immune system, it puts the patient at an increased risk of tooth infections that may lead to extractions.
Radiation therapy of the head and neck may require extraction of teeth in the field of radiation to prevent potential problems such as infection.
Types of Extractions
There are two types of extractions – simple extractions and surgical extractions. Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth and are generally done under a local anesthetic. Surgical extractions involve teeth that aren’t easily reached or seen in the mouth. These types of extractions generally can be done with local anesthesia or conscious sedation.
There’s nothing to fear — our staff is well trained and experienced, and our primary focus is on the comfort and good health of our patients. Call us today for a consultation to see if extraction is necessary for you!