Before our dentists consider an extraction – or having “teeth pulled” – every effort will be made to try to repair and restore your tooth. However, if a tooth cannot be saved, we will do our best to make the experience as comfortable as possible.
When you schedule an extraction at our office, you will be in and out of the dental chair as soon as possible. Our staff will present a variety of sedation and anesthetic options to you so that you can choose the one that best fits your needs. As with every visit, our primary goal is to keep you comfortable and to improve the health of your smile.
Some common reasons for needing a tooth taken out are:
- Severe Tooth Damage: Some teeth have such extensive decay and damage, e.g. cracked tooth, that repair is not possible. For example, teeth affected by advanced gum (periodontal) disease may need to be pulled. As gum disease worsens, the tooth — supported by less surrounding bone — often loosens to such an extent that extraction is the only solution.
- Malpositioned/Nonfunctioning Teeth: To avoid possible complications that may have a negative impact on oral health, your dentist may recommend removing teeth that are malaligned and/or nonfunctioning (teeth that have no opposing teeth to bite against).
- Orthodontic Treatment: Orthodontic treatment, such as braces, may require the removal of teeth to make needed space for improved teeth alignment.
- Extra Teeth: Also referred to as supernumerary teeth, extra teeth may block other teeth from erupting.
- Radiation: Head and neck radiation therapy may require the extraction of teeth in the field of radiation in order to help avoid possible complications, such as infection.
- Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy weakens the immune system, increasing the risk of tooth infections, heightening the risk of extraction.
Your dentist will discuss a restoration plan with you before the extraction so that your smile can be restored.