Extraction is the complete removal of a primary or a permanent
tooth. An Extraction can be surgical or non-surgical. This
depends on the difficulty of the extraction and whether or
not the tooth is impacted or erupted, and whether it has straight
or curved roots.
An Extraction may be done by our office or you may be referred
to an Oral Surgeon (someone who specializes in difficult or
surgical extractions). No one looks forward to an extraction,
but modern anesthesia will help keep you comfortable throughout
Reasons for an extraction are:
- Advanced Gum Disease. This
is the #1 reason adults lose their teeth!
- An abscessed tooth that cannot
- A tooth with decay too deep
to save the tooth.
- A tooth that has broken
at the gum line and cannot be saved.
- Impacted tooth (typically a
Nothing is better than a healthy set of teeth,
and many advances in dentistry allow us to save teeth that
we could not previously, but sometimes an extraction is necessary.
When an extraction is performed, it is important
to put something in the place of the missing tooth or teeth.
If the space is just left open, your teeth will shift and
cause many unnecessary complications. An extracted tooth may
be replaced by a temporary or permanent
bridge, an implant, or by a
partial or complete denture.