An extraction of a tooth is indicated if either there is no other restorative option or if the patient elects to extract.
Factors contributing to a tooth needing to be extracted include:
- Severe periodontal disease (gum disease)
- Severe decay or cavity deeming the tooth nonrestorable
- Fractured tooth that is nonrestorable
- A nonfunctional tooth
- A retained baby tooth
- A tooth erupting in a manner that causes harm to other teeth, such as a tilted wisdom tooth
- Recommended extractions for braces or orthodontics
During an extraction procedure, we will numb the area around the tooth. At patient request, nitrous oxide is readily available. We will make sure the patient is comfortable throughout the procedure.
If appropriate, we will discuss the benefits and risks of replacing or not replacing an extracted tooth:
- Dental implants
- Dental bridge
- Partial dentures
- Complete dentures
- No replacement options