There are many different reasons people might need teeth extracted. Extractions can be important for oral health in many instances. Here are some common reasons teeth may need to be taken out:
Wisdom teeth often cause problems as they are trying to protrude through the gums. When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it means the tooth is coming in at an angle and not straight through the gum line. This can cause pain, the tooth can come in unevenly, or the tooth may only emerge partially. Impacted wisdom teeth can potentially cause problems, like infections, and need to be removed. A patient may choose to undergo conscious sedation or use a general anesthetic.
Occasionally a child’s baby teeth don’t fall out before adult teeth start coming in. In some cases, an extraction may need to be performed to make room for incoming teeth. In some instances, some teeth can block or obstruct other teeth.
When a tooth is severely decayed and can not be saved with any of the restorative services we offer, the tooth will need to be extracted so that the decay does not spread to other healthy teeth.
If a tooth has been infected, often we can perform a Root Canal to remove the infection, but when the tooth has been damaged enough that a Root Canal cannot save it extraction may be necessary.
There are two kinds of extractions:
- Simple Extractions: The tooth can be pulled easily in one piece.
- Surgical Extractions: Often when a tooth is decayed it will break into multiple pieces leaving the root in the jaw bone. This requires a more complicated process. Usually involving drilling into the jaw bone to remove the entire root. None of the root can be left or an infection may occur.
- Wisdom teeth are normally surgically extracted because they do not usually erupt fully and roots are often curved.