Teeth (Dental) Extractions

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Sometimes, a dental extraction—also known as a tooth extraction—is necessary for a tooth. There are many reasons that we may decide that a tooth will need to be removed, but some of the most common reasons include teeth crowding, trauma to a tooth, or severe tooth decay or disease.

Reasons for Tooth Extraction

  • Prevent the spread of decay. A tooth may be suffering from decay so severe that it becomes too late to save it with restorative treatments. We perform a tooth extraction in order to prevent the decay from spreading to surrounding teeth or gums.
  • Make room for permanent teeth to grow. A baby tooth may be misshapen or have longer roots that prevent it from falling out when it should. A tooth extraction can remove the tooth in order to allow the permanent tooth to erupt.
  • Prepare the teeth for orthodontic treatment. Tooth extractions can eliminate crowding in the teeth, better preparing them for orthodontic treatments that will help align the remaining teeth in place.
  • Remove troublesome wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth that have not grown in properly or are causing pain or crowding in the mouth may be extracted to eliminate such complications.

Extracting the Tooth

Once we have determined that a tooth will need to be removed for any of these reasons, we will extract the tooth during your visit or a later scheduled appointment.

A tooth’s root is encased within your jawbone in a “tooth socket,” held there by a ligament. In order to extract a tooth, we will have to expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament. Before the procedure, we will numb the area to reduce any discomfort.

Following the Tooth Extraction

After the tooth extraction, the neighboring teeth may want to shift, which can cause problems with teeth alignment and bite. To avoid these complications, we may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth with a cosmetic or restorative option.

Benefits of Tooth Extractions

  • Prevents disease or decay of an affected tooth from spreading to nearby teeth and gums.
  • Reduces crowding in teeth.
  • Allows permanent teeth to grow in the place of baby teeth that have not fallen out.
  • Reduces pain and discomfort an affected tooth may cause.