Why would I need a tooth extraction?
The aptly named tooth extraction involves the complete removal of a tooth from the mouth. Typically, an extraction is only necessary in these situations:
- If a tooth is damaged beyond repair, either through breakage or decay.
- If the tooth is impacted, or is otherwise causing damage to the teeth surrounding it (this is often the case with wisdom teeth).
If at all possible, the dentist will always choose to preserve a damaged tooth, since the empty spaces left by missing teeth can lead to serious oral health issues. If the problem can be corrected with a filling, inlay, onlay, crown or root canal, these types of restorations or procedures are preferable to extractions.