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 the procedure.
Reasons for an extraction are:
- Advanced Gum Disease. This is the
#1 reason adults lose their teeth!
- An abscessed tooth that cannot be
- A tooth with decay too deep to save
- A tooth that has broken at the
gum line and cannot be saved.
- Impacted tooth (typically a "Wisdom
- Some Orthodontic cases require that
one or more teeth be extracted.
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.