If a tooth is too severely damaged to be saved with a root canal or crown, your dentist may recommend an extraction. This removes the tooth down to the roots.
When do I Need an Extraction?
For one example, if a tooth breaks into pieces and cannot be saved, the remainder of the tooth may require extraction to eliminate pain. Tooth extractions may also be performed for various other reasons, including:
- To remove extra teeth or make room for teeth that are being realigned with braces
- To remove baby teeth that don't fall out and allow permanent teeth to come in
- To remove wisdom teeth that are decayed, cause pain, are misaligned or impacted
- To remove teeth that have loosened because of periodontal (gum) disease
What to Expect
A tooth extraction is a fairly simple, painless process, thanks to anesthesia and the tools available to your dentist. The area will be numbed and the tooth will be pulled, removing all portions of root that remain. Your dentist will take care of the socket where the tooth was to make sure you will heal properly. Healing time will vary.
If you would like to replace the tooth so you can smile with confidence or chew more effectively, a dental implant may be appropriate. Talk to your dentist about your goals and options. Schedule your appointment today.