A tooth extraction is the most invasive dental procedure. We try hard to avoid extracting a tooth as we do feel it is best to maintain your natural teeth. However, when a tooth is badly decayed or infected, there is often no other decision but to extract the tooth. Simply put, a tooth extraction involves removing a tooth from its socket in the jaw bone.
Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?
There are quite a few reasons why we need to extract teeth, here are some of the top reasons why we will deem it necessary to remove a tooth:
- Severe Tooth Decay or Trauma. There are some teeth that have become badly damaged such as a broken or cracked tooth. When repair is not possible, extraction is the only option. Gum disease causes serious infection and can cause problems with your teeth. If you have advanced periodontal disease, we may need to extract the teeth to focus on treatment of gum disease as the gums are unable to continue supporting the teeth.
- Orthodontic Treatment. When braces are installed, we may need to extract a tooth to make space for the rest of the teeth to move into proper alignment.
There may be other reasons for a tooth to be extracted based on your overall health and wellness.
Commonly Extracted Teeth
When you hear the term “extraction” in the dental world, most people think about wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth removal is common, especially among teens and young adults. We normally remove this set of third molars before they erupt through the surface of the gums. Removing the wisdom teeth will remove problems with crowding, infection, and other oral health concerns.
For more information about tooth extractions, contact our Brigham City dental office today, (435)538-2500!