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Tooth Extractions

There are many reasons why a tooth extraction may be needed. A badly damaged tooth, a crowded mouth, or risk of infection are very good reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted.

If a tooth becomes damaged beyond repair due to trauma or decay, it will need to be extracted. Dentists will suggest a dental extraction because gums naturally repair itself and is usually a safe and feasible procedure.

Reasons to Pull a Tooth

Crowded teeth can alter your bite, cause problems chewing, or create a crooked smile. Crowded teeth may need to be removed to make room for orthodontic treatment to properly align your teeth. Also, if a tooth cannot come through the gum because there is no room for the tooth to come in, the dentist may recommend an extraction.

Infected teeth or teeth at risk of infection may also need to be extracted. Typically, an infected tooth can be corrected with a root canal, which will remove the damaged tooth pulp and reduce the risk of bacteria entering through this tooth center. If the infection is so severe that antibiotics or root canal does not resolve the issue, the tooth will need to be removed to prevent further spread of infection. Pulling a tooth is often a preferable option to prevent worse conditions.

Impacted wisdom teeth will most likely need to be extracted as well. Into adulthood, there is a chance that your wisdom teeth may push into your other teeth, causing overcrowding and pain. 

Removing a Tooth

There are two types of dental extractions: simple and surgical. A simple dental extraction is performed with a local anesthetic and dental tools are used to remove visible and easily accessible teeth. A surgical extraction is used for inaccessible and impacted teeth requiring an incision in the gum tissue to remove the tooth. Our doctors will talk with you about your options based on your needs and oral health.

Even though permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, sometimes dental intervention is needed to avoid further damage to a tooth. Consult with us for more information and to see if dental extraction may be right for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

During a regular checkup, one of our experienced dental hygienists will remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth and work with you to find the best way to keep your teeth clean and healthy on a daily basis. Then, one of our dentists will check your teeth for signs of cavities and other oral diseases, such as cancer.

By following our recommended teeth care routine, making smart choices about your food, and keeping up with regular visits to the dentist, you can lower your risk for tooth decay and promote overall health!

We recommend you come in twice a year to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong. If you have any questions while you are here, our knowledgeable team is always happy to answer any questions about your smile. If you are due for a cleaning or are experiencing any oral pain, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment.

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