Necessary Tooth Extraction
Tooth extraction is the process of removing a tooth that cannot be saved with restorative treatment, or that poses an immediate risk to the rest of your oral health. For instance, impacted wisdom teeth that push against existing molars can lead to severe tooth damage and discomfort, and therefore are often extracted to prevent further problems.
Other causes for tooth extraction can include:
- Severe tooth infection (when a tooth filling and root canal treatment are insufficient)
- Severe tooth damage (when a dental crown cannot restore it)
- Damaged teeth roots
- Severely crooked teeth that interfere with orthodontic treatment
- And more
What to Expect from Tooth Extraction
Typically, tooth extraction is a simple procedure that merely involves gently lifting and removing a tooth from its socket. Sometimes, however, some cases may call for minor oral surgery to remove the tooth without damaging nearby teeth and soft tissues.
Local anesthesia will be applied to the tooth and surrounding area before the extraction begins. If you prefer, you may also opt for mild dental sedation to help you stay relaxed.
With the exception of extracting wisdom teeth, tooth extraction should almost always be followed by replacing the lost tooth. A dental bridge or dental implant-supported crown may be your best option for restoring your bite function and your smile’s healthy appearance.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth Extracted So Often?
Wisdom teeth are formally known as third molars because they are the third and last set of molars to erupt at the ends of your dental ridges. In many patients, the 28 teeth already present take up most of the space on the ridges, leaving little room for wisdom teeth to erupt correctly. As they grow, third molars frequently become impeded by the teeth present, and can cause severe discomfort and dental damage.
Can I Replace My Extracted Tooth With a Dental Implant?
Extracted wisdom teeth don’t need to be replaced, but if you must have another tooth extracted, then replacing it is important to the look and function of your smile. In most cases, a dental implant and crown are the best option given their ability to replicate a healthy, natural tooth.