Tooth extractions, or the removal of one or more teeth, are usually used as a last resort in dentistry, as keeping the natural tooth in the mouth is ideal. There are many reasons why single or multiple extractions may be performed, including pervasive tooth decay, infection, the impaction of wisdom teeth, or the need to create space for orthodontic devices.
The most significant short-term benefit associated with tooth extraction is the elimination of pain. If a tooth is severely decayed or an infection is present, removing the affected tooth almost immediately alleviates discomfort. However, it should be noted that further procedures are necessary to replace the extracted tooth. Leaving a gap is not a viable option as the other teeth tend to twist out of alignment to fill the space.
Why might I need to have a tooth extraction?
Non-restorable teeth - When a dentist determines that a tooth cannot be repaired with modern dental techniques, extraction may be the only option
Extensive decay – This is the most common reason for tooth extraction, accounting for around two-thirds of all extraction procedures performed. When tooth decay is so extensive that it cannot be saved, extraction may be the only option
Periodontal disease – Often teeth have to be extracted because the gums and underlying bone are so severely eroded that they can no longer hold the tooth in place securely. Advanced periodontal disease may cause teeth to become loose, creating discomfort and sometimes pain inside the mouth. At this point extraction may be necessary
Prior to braces – Traditional orthodontic braces require enough space to for the teeth to move into ideal alignment. If space cannot be created naturally, a tooth may be extracted as an alternative.
Fractured teeth – Fortunately, dentists are very often able to repair a fractured or broken tooth with modern dental techniques. However, there are some instances where the tooth has become fractured in a way that makes repair impossible
Wisdom teeth - Third molars (wisdom teeth) are often extracted due to impaction, where they are stuck in the jawbone and will not erupt into the oral cavity
We offer extraction as a procedure at Fintel Family Dentistry, but sometimes it is necessary to be referred to an oral surgeon depending on the nature/difficulty of the case. We will discuss this in detail with you in the event that a tooth extraction is necessary.