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, the impaction of wisdom teeth, or the need to create space for orthodontic treatment.
The most significant short-term benefit associated with tooth extraction is the elimination of pain and infection if present. However, it should be noted that further procedures are necessary to replace the extracted tooth.
Why might I need to have a tooth extraction?
Extensive Tooth Decay
Prior to Orthodontic Treatment
How is the extraction procedure performed?
Generally, tooth extraction can be simple in nature or involve more complex surgical processes. Simple extractions are performed after applying local anesthetic to the treatment site. Instruments are used to elevate and deliver the tooth from the socket.
Surgical extractions are sometimes needed with more difficult teeth. An incision is usually made in the gum tissue and a handpiece is used to precisely remove some of the adjacent bone tissue. Sometimes, the tooth has to be split into several pieces to completely remove it.
If you have any questions or concerns about tooth extraction, please speak with your dentist.